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Site Analysis and Site Development | Siting and Structure Design Efficiency
Site Analysis is followed by Site Development. Site Development can be efficient only if the Site Analysis is done correctly and accurately.
In our earlier article, we discussed the first part of “The Siting and Structure Design Efficiency” that is “Selection of a suitable site“. In this article, we will discuss how Site Analysis and Site Development (in other words “Site planning“) help in achieving the goal for a sustainable environment.
Once we are done with the selection of the Building site, get the entire survey of the site. The topography of the site and the natural features present on the site are to be studied.
A better and efficient way of utilizing the site’s natural elements have to be figured out.
For examples, the existing landscaping which would include tall or shady trees or bushes can be efficiently merged with the building design to serve a purpose.
Green Buildings – Rainwater Harvesting
When we are talking about the incorporation of various design features that would make the building green, it is not just the expensive materials that consume less energy or are less energy intensive. Earlier we discussed various Active and Passive features to be incorporated to make the building green without increasing the cost of infrastructure by purchasing expensive green materials.
Following green principles and design features that would make the building energy efficient and green also results in Sustainable Development which has become the prime need of the time.
Rainwater Harvesting is one such design feature that is to be incorporated in any kind of building; be it a commercial or residential complex.
Rainwater Harvesting is a technology in which individual building or a group of buildings collect and utilize rainwater during the rainy season. This water can be stored in storage tanks and used for non-domestic purposes.
CII – Confederation of Indian Industry | Green Building in India
CII is internationally renowned building designed using the principles of Green Buildings and is India’s premier developmental institution, offering advisory services to the industry on environmental aspects and working in the areas of Green Buildings, Energy Efficiency, Water Management, Environment Management, Renewable Energy, Green Business Incubation and Climate Change activities.
“Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” is the agenda of Green building Technology.
“… Grover has dispelled any notion that aesthetics must be sacrificed in the effort to make buildings “green.”
What is “Green Approach”?
It is difficult to define Green building Architecture. Although we could define what the green approach could be like. It takes into consideration the impact of design of buildings on the environment. Constructing a building requires resources. For example, materials for construction, fuel, users engagement in design etc. All of these factors are considered in Green building architecture. They form the backbone of this type of approach.
Designing green buildings has become a motto to many design companies and individual designers. It is important to pay attention to the conflicting issues that arise out of design. Every design decision needs to be thought with depth since it has environmental implications which could be harmful to us.
Measures for green buildings can be divided into four areas:
- Reduction in energy consumption
- Environmental damage prevention by reducing external pollution
- Reduction in embodied energy and prevent resource depletion
- Indoor air quality (and hence maintain good health)
One of the excellent examples of Green Architecture is “Aliens Space Station”.