Passive and Active Features in Green Building Architecture | Sustainable Development





Green Building Architecture | Sustainable Development

Green Building Architecture is not only about using expensive products that minimize the use of electrical power which in turn would save oil and contribute to sustainable development.

There are various design features that are to be incorporated while designing a green building. After designing the building block in a way which offers a comfortable living space along with reduction of power and usage of energy intensive materials; our next step would be towards outdoor planning which is also as important as the planning of the building itself.

Green Building Architecture

Green Building Architecture

Two major processes of Green Building Architecture

  1. Active Process
  2. Passive Process

Active Features

  • Use of Solar Photovoltaic Panels
  • Wind Energy
  • Wave Energy
  • Use of Solar Energy

Passive Features

  • Use of thick walls
  • High ceilings
  • Ventilators
  • Skylights
  • Coping
  • Necessity of Parapet
  • Cornices in the exterior facade

The above mentioned green building features are a key towards successful green building design. Earlier in an article on “CII Green Building”, I have discussed various green features that have been incorporated to make the building sustainable and consume less energy resources for its functioning.

Passive Features have not really been paid attention to in the design of CII Green Building. All the expensive products have been installed to achieve the same that can be achieved with the incorporation of Passive and Active features with minimal expense.



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  1. #1 by Chunduri RavitejA on September 11, 2010 - 6:47 am

    Hello,.
    I read your article on ((Passive and Active Features in Green Building Architecture | Sustainable Development)),.
    most impressed on your vision,.in this ,.I had seen Sustainable Architecture is not a rocket Technology,.
    and ,.My comment are,.in passive concepts MVHR also plays a key role(becos in passive mostly there wont be cross ventilation)),.and ,.passive is most workable for cold countries,.
    It would be much detail if you would compare between passive for cold and hit countries,.,.
    Thank you,.
    Cheers,.

  2. #2 by Rajani ch on October 8, 2010 - 11:36 am

    please let me know of any architects who can build eco friendly building in hyderabad. we are planning to construct one soon
    thanks

    • #3 by Ilrshaad Goolamally on May 11, 2011 - 1:20 am

      Dear Sir,
      I am Ilrshaad Goolamally from Advance Space Structure Co Ltd in Mauritius. I actually the Project Manager for Green Building Department and we are looking for interested customers in Green building. Thanks to let us know about your contact details and we shall contact you shortly.
      Kind regards,
      Ilrshaad

  3. #4 by Vinod Kumar Koul on April 22, 2011 - 11:21 pm

    I read your article and was impressed by your clear ideas about active and passive features of agreen building. But can poor people do all this. Is there any green technology which can help poor people to make ecofriendly dwelling units.

  4. #5 by Ilrshaad Goolamally on May 11, 2011 - 1:27 am

    Dear Sir,
    I am Irshad Goolamally of Advance Space Structure Co Ltd in Mauritius. We are interested to contact you as one of our department is actually focussing on building Green houses and buildings. Thanks to provide us your contact details.

  5. #6 by shipra sharma on July 30, 2011 - 2:45 am

    Dear sir
    The article was very illuminating.
    Thanks.
    Best Regards.

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