Sustainable Building Resources
To provide a free source of information for those trying
to build responsible buildings.
Follows (roughly) the topics of an Integrated Design Charrette or
Integrated Design Process (IDP).
I became interested in learning more about 'green', aka 'sustainable'
design, as an Architectural
Technology student at Sheridan
College. The spring of 1999 was when I first started reading
about how wasteful/energy hungry buildings and the building industry
was as a whole. I was faced with the dilemma of how to proceed with
my love of architecture without violating my beliefs in protection
of the environment. I started doing research to find resources then
and haven't stopped.
astonished and pleased with how much has changed in the industry
since then, but while there's a lot of help out there, finding what
you need takes a long time so I've created a place where all that
I've found is available to help as many as possible. Having used
most of these resources myself on the 'green' projects I've worked
on myself. It's really a publishing of my bookmarks organized in
a way that is hopefully logical and easy to navigate. (Don't forget
to look at the "Useful Extras")
I do research to keep this up to date almost every day, from a variety
of sources, but can use your help too. If you have a great link
or find a dead link on this site, please
let me know. As a proud Canadian, I look for Canadian references
and resources where possible, but I'm not biased so good information
from a lot of different sources will be included too.
This is too
important a topic not to be helping everyone trying to make a difference
in every way we can.
Thea Browne, Architectural Technologist
1. Integrated Design Process
Green Building Standards
Site planning, Site ecology, Building massing and Orientation
Envelope design, Fenestration design and Preliminary daylighting
Lighting and Power design
Ventilation and Reduce Water design
Heating and Cooling design
Material selection and Detail coordination
Pre-tender coordination and
Construction quality assurance
Building commissioning and monitoring