Whether new construction or renovation, every structure needs a champion. Specifically....a sustainability champion.
Sustainable buildings are often thought of by developers, owners and architects as being more expensive than conventional construction. The standard design approach is, “what can be done with the budget available?” However, once a commitment is made to designing “healthy and efficient buildings,” the design approach becomes, “how can we honor the natural environment of a particular geographic location while enriching the building occupants?”
By utilizing the natural environmental gifts and assisting the process by introducing renewable energy created on the site, we are able to achieve energy equilibrium at the cost of conventional construction. Commitment is the key component, followed by simplicity in construction.
We at Crosskey Architects have embraced the healthy building philosophy, with the use of natural environment; air, water, light and heat. Also, in conjunction with the adaptive reuse of man-made structures of past generations.
By Silvana Righenzi, LEED AP, BD + C