Architecture and Environmental Sensitivity
“Building a sustainable home means designing and constructing a residence with the least amount of negative impact on the environment as possible. And creating a sustainable home no longer means making sacrifices”.
The passive design is to incorporate design techniques that take advantage of the natural climate and site to minimize mechanical cooling in the building, while ensuring comfort for all occupants.
Solar control glass provided with a solar control coating that allows sunlight to pass through a window or façade while radiating and reflecting away a large degree of the sun’s heat.
Similarly, double-glazed, low-solar-gain low-E glazing reduce solar heat gain while retaining a relatively high visible transmittance thanks to a low-E coating.
Naturally ventilated buildings take advantage of local wind patterns and building orientation to provide a supply of fresh air to occupants. This practice reduces the energy consumption of HVAC systems, while increasing Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).
Adopting lighting fixtures with high luminous efficacy (LED, etc.) and applying appropriate levels of lighting contribute significantly to the building overall energy consumption. Using efficient lighting fixtures to reduce the amount of energy used to meet the lighting requirements of the building and its occupants is a strategy which will lower operating costs. Natural lighting can be applied, where possible, to reduce the electrical load associated with lighting requirements.
Solar energy is a clean, inexpensive, renewable power source that is harness-able nearly everywhere in the world – any point where sunlight hits the surface of the earth is a potential location to generate solar power. And since solar energy comes from the sun, it represents a limitless source of power.
Heat pump water heater technology uses electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly. Therefore, they are three times more energy efficient than conventional electric resistance water heaters.