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So what makes something 'green'?
The concepts about green architecture can generally be organized into several areas of application. These areas include sustainability, materials, energy efficiency, land use, and waste reduction.
Green buildings are not only be designed for a present use, but consideration is also be given to future uses as well. An adaptable structure can be 'recycled' many times over the course of its useful life. If specific technical issues prevent use of the building for a new function, then the materials used in its construction are designed to facilitate ease of recycling and reprocessing of materials.
Buildings consume a variety of materials in their construction. Green design reduces the dependence on resource intensive products and materials. Today, there are an increasing number of products available made from efficient, earth-friendly, or recycled materials. In a green building, consideration is also given to the construction process itself. Materials that minimize waste or can be recycled, help contribute to an efficient and environmentally sensitive construction process.
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Green Architecture on the Web
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The Natural House
A Complete Guide to Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes, this helpful book provides a wealth of information about sustainable concepts and design strategies.
A Momentary Vignette
'A brief, beautiful glimpse of something from the world of architecture, design, and art... poetic, subtle, and interesting!'