Sustainable Architecture

Authored by: Keith Bothwell

Routledge International Handbook of Sustainable Development

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415838429
eBook ISBN: 9780203785300
Adobe ISBN: 9781135040727

10.4324/9780203785300.ch9

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Abstract

This chapter outlines the characteristics of so-called sustainable architecture citing examples from current practice. ‘So-called’ because it should be established from the outset that it is very rare to find a truly sustainable building. Nearly every act of building damages the environment in some way: in excavating the site, the existing ecology is harmed; in moving materials, transport routes are polluted by noise and emissions; in providing heating or cooling, carbon dioxide is often released. All we can say with a modicum of certainty is that some buildings are more sustainable than others.

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