Built in tune with nature
sitivity to the impact on the environment.
From the outset the design team set out to address these key issues, taking into consideration not only the construction of the buildings but operation of the units over a proposed life span.
“There was also the notion that building green commanded a price premium over a normal build structure. In a way this is true because a conventional building will require huge amounts of technology to operate. This is where the principles of ‘passive’ design come into play, where nature plays an important role in the operation of the building,” says Billson.
Features such as daylight harvesting, grey-water recycling and natural ventilation all work in conjunction with nature. These features come at no cost to the owner of the building, thus reinforcing the fact that green buildings have a much lower operating cost than a normal building.
“Furthermore, studies have proved that users of green buildings have reported improved productivity and a reduction in sickness related to sick building syndrome,” he says.