Architecture - what makes a buildling Green.

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What makes a building 'Green'?

Discuss the role of the architect in the development of sustainable and environmentally appropriate buildings and living space for the future. Architecture that rises naturally from the land and uses materials to create a harmonious relationship with the surroundings satisfies a deeper level of human sensibility and has the potential to lead to greater level of human comfort, environmental awareness, and social interaction.

Building activities have undergone tremendous changes in terms of design, features, landscaping and aesthetics. The concerns for energy and environment coupled with the advent of new technologies have opened up new dimensions and approach in building design, all over the world. The new approach is to look at the building performance to blend with the overall philosophy of sustainable development.

Green architecture is an approach to building which has become more popular in the last 25 to 30 years. Also known as sustainable design, green architecture is a method of design that minimizes the impact of building on the environment.

Once thought of as unconventional...

Definition - a sustainable use of materials that do not destroy or pollute the environment, while providing better insulation and thermal mass than conventional building materials.

The voluntary pursuit of any activity, which encompasses concern for energy efficiency, environment, water conservation and user of recycled products and renewable energy can be defined as "Green".

Energy Efficient Windows:


A natural product, it is said that the industry grows thousands of windows a year. A moderate insulator (R1 per inch), it requires some maintenance (stain or paint) to prevent rot from moisture build-up. It is warm to the touch in the coldest winters and room temperature in the summer.

·Wood Window Association


A product of the plastics industry, it uses a nonrenewable petroleum source for extrusion. The...