Shading systems

Shade cloth, Knoxfield house

Shading systems can be used to moderate temperatures in buildings. For example, in North facing windows in the Southern hemisphere and South facing windows in the Northern hemisphere can be shaded during summer to prevent excessive heating occurring in buildings. Shading systems are typically removable (or demountable) so that sunlight is used during cooler months for… Continue reading Shading systems

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30 The Bond

30 The Bond exterior. Credit: https://ptw.com.au/project/30-the-bond

30 The Bond in Sydney is a sustainable commercial building that was the first CBD building in Australia to be accredited 5 stars under the Australian Building Greenhouse Rating. In May 2007, the building’s official greenhouse result is over 20% better than the 5 star benchmark and about 30% better than the next best certified building… Continue reading 30 The Bond

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ACROS Fukuoka building

ACROS Fukuoka building with green roof, Japan

The ACROS Fukuoka building in Fukuoka City in Japan is an amazing office building with two very distinct sides: one side looks like a conventional office building with glass walls, but on the other side there is a huge terraced roof that merges with a park. The garden terraces, which reach up to about 60 meters above… Continue reading ACROS Fukuoka building

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Insulation

Insulation is a very important feature of sustainable buildings. Good insulation reduces the need to use energy for both heating and cooling. Combined with passive solar design, insulation can mean you avoid using an air conditioner at all on 40 degree Celsius days. Insulation can be retrofitted to existing buildings: See also

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Asian rooftop gardens

Asian rooftop gardens

Asian rooftop gardens are an effective step towards sustainable living and building communities. Residents of high rise buildings in Asia are creating apartment gardens and “bringing gardening to the masses” and relieving the “monotony” of living in concrete. People are growing: Eighty-two percent of Singapore’s 4.5 million people live in tower blocks built by the government… Continue reading Asian rooftop gardens

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