The conventional way of building is proving a poor way of building.
So this firm of architects sought out more efficient sustainable
building products. The video below tells their story of how 90 percent
of energy is provided by the building using solar energy and the
management of energy within the home.
Sustainable refers to building a building that will last as long
as it possibly can by being self sustaining.
Video: The Green Cottage
Design, development and construction of green buildings and homes
includes utilizing renewable products, energy efficient systems
and sustainable design.
"The Green Cottage" is an example sustainable building
design and the quality of construction that is possible in a real
Building Shell - is constructed of Expanded
Polystyrene panels providing super insulated thermal barrier from
outside weather conditions.
Roofing - is synthetic slate composed of recycled
rubber and plastic. This is designed to last around 50 years,
compared to 20-30 years for other conventional roofing
Siding - Certified Atlantic White Cedar perfection
Decking - Certified IPE wood planking.
Exterior trim - primed finger joint wood moulding.
Interior trim - primed MDF materials. * The
pergola is reclaimed timbers *
Windows - vinyl high performance glazing units,
utilizing recycled vinyl for non-structural components of the
window. Hurricane resistance to 120 mph. Windows - by MQ Windows
in Canada are high wind tolerant
Heat-recovery-ventilation system - provides
low energy fresh air
Electrical - electrically powered by net metering
photo-voltaic generating system.
Sustainable design is about respect for the past whilst solving
contemporary needs in a responsible, sensible design.
Good green architecture also reduces waste, of energy, water and
materials. Well-designed buildings help reduce the amount of waste
generated by the occupants by providing onsite solutions such as
compost bins to reduce matter going to landfills.