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Sustainable Architecture


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by Allie Kitchens

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Sustainable Architecture

  1. 1. SustainableArchitectureYouth Leadership Summit 2012Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Initiative
  2. 2. The Concept• Sustainable architecture is a process of creating buildings to help preserve the future.• There are two general methods for sustainable architecture: new "green" building and preservation/reuse of old buildings.
  3. 3. Preservation in Sustainable Architecture• Re-adapting, or reusing existing buildings rather than starting new construction projects that will that consume more resources.• Helps conserve land and resources as well as the cultural significance of historic buildings.• Adaptive reuse is rising in popularity worldwide, especially in areas that have large numbers of pre-existing buildings.
  4. 4. New Construction inSustainable Architecture • Most new construction aims to have some sustainable aspects through materials, optimization of resources and choosing a sustainable energy source. • New trends include using renewable or recycled materials, alternative energy sources, and orienting the building in order to make use of cross winds and sun for natural temperature regulation.
  5. 5. Sustainable ArchitectureWorldwideAll around the world new construction is beginning to integrate sustainable methods, Examples include: Green Lighthouse, a carbon Bahrain world trade center neutral building located at thewith wind turbine to providealternative energy University of Copenhagen in Denmark. 75% of the energy Adrere Amellal a resort in Egypt reductions were achieved constructed of natural local through architectural design, materials, has no outside power not new technologies. supply and operates on a zero- waste system. BMW Welt in Munich, Germanyoptimizes solar energy productionwith photovoltaic systems on theroof and steel building materialsthat absorb the suns energy toheat the building
  6. 6. Sustainable Architecture in Hawaii Hawaii is home to many new and innovative examples of sustainable architecture. Many personal homes use alternative energy, and renewable materials.• The diverse climate and environment allows for several types of renewable energies to be ratably available. Such sources include: Solar, wind, hydro-elec,and geothermal.• Most homes are designed to eliminate the need for central cooling by insulating well and placing windows/ doors in locations to create a cross breeze utilizing natural trade winds.• Most new construction attempts to use local materials to lower the total amount that must be shipped in
  7. 7. Green homes Tour in Hawaii• Holualoa: Features include: metal roof integrated with laminated solar panels; extensive water catchment system; passive solar design with skylights and natural lighting; solar and on-demand water heaters; recycling and composting stations.• Kaloko Mauka:This home features use of blown-in cellulose insulation made from recycled materials that is fire, mold and insect resistant, use of local reclaimed wood in the solar driveway gate, has LEED–compliant artificial turf made from recycled materials that does not require watering kitchen recycling stations; and low energy lighting.• Kamuela:This home features site orientation to take advantage of wind and light. Other features highlighted include: solar electricity and hot water; LED lighting, energy efficient appliances.• Kamuela:This location features a mobile, self-sustainable Habitat
  8. 8. Sustainable Architecture in Business and Government• The Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii Authority: a research facility on the west side of Hawaii island devoted to finding alternate energy sources and sustainable solutions. The facility is LEED- certified and most of its power is provided by extensive photovoltaic solar and wind turbine systems. NELHA also uses a deep sea water system to regulate the temperature of it buildings.• West Hawaii Civic Center: This local government building was recently built with an environmentally friendly design. The center operates as near zero waste with organized composting and recycling programs. It also runs majorly on energy produced on sight.