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Teacher Resource: The Sustainable Living Project, UNSW THE SUSTAINABLE LIVING PROJECT & AGL SUSTAINABLE LIVING COMPETITION s u s t a i n a b l e a r c.

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1 Teacher Resource: The Sustainable Living Project, UNSW THE SUSTAINABLE LIVING PROJECT & AGL SUSTAINABLE LIVING COMPETITION s u s t a i n a b l e a r c h i t e c t u r e s u s t a i n a b l e a r c h i t e c t u r e SOLARCH- The Centre for a Sustainable Built Environment slides produced by: david tickle This presentation was produced by SOLARCH in the Faculty of the Built Environment, UNSW. For more information about the AGL Sustainable Living Competition (open to all High School students providing $30,000 worth of rewards) please contact Ph: or check out:

2 Teacher Resource: The Sustainable Living Project, UNSW s u s t a i n a b l e a r c h i t e c t u r e

3 Teacher Resource: The Sustainable Living Project, UNSW what do buildings provide ? Images: COLORS magazine, issue 27 home couch for relaxing and talking windows allow sunlight and fresh air to enter the building and allow views outside kitchen has clean drinking water kitchen for cooking and storing food roof and walls allow privacy, protect from rain and wind, and stop intruders table for gatherings and for eating food bathroom for washing and cleaning and for sewage removal outdoor space for recreation and relaxation raised floor keeps things dry and clean (not on ground) interior lighting and heating a sense of place (within a community)

4 Teacher Resource: The Sustainable Living Project, UNSW energy supply water supply building materials waste and water disposal light and warmth energy clean water bathing and cleaning waste disposal protection from rain and cold privacy and security storage, cooking and eating of food socialising and recreation things provided by buildings all of these factors inter-relate and should be seen as contributing to and feeding from the others

5 Teacher Resource: The Sustainable Living Project, UNSW s u s t a i n a b l e a r c h i t e c t u r e the natural environment

6 Teacher Resource: The Sustainable Living Project, UNSW technology society culture the natural environment institutions + structures knowledge atmosphere the built environment resources forests the universe water soil biodiversity oceans sunlight we are part of the environment, and not separate from it As a result of neglecting to consider the environmental consequences of our actions, we now find many serious environmental problems emerging. If we want to have ecological resources to use in the future, and ensure a high quality of life, we must start considering the broader environmental context in our designs and choices. Traditionally, decisions and designs have been based on economics, form and function. The broader environmental context – in which all things exist, and on which all things rely- has not adequately been considered. A FEW BASIC TRUTHS: WE NEED A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR SURVIVAL EVERYTHING IS INTER- DEPENDENT AND INTER- RELATED

7 Teacher Resource: The Sustainable Living Project, UNSW waste and water disposal energy supply water supply building materials Where do present materials come from? How much do we currently use? Images: National Geographic, Vol 195, No 3, March 1999; Oz Green World Water Day Poster, 1997; Greenhouse News, Vol 3, Issue No 2, Winter 2000, published by the Australian Greenhouse Office; The Challenge, Issue No 16, Winter 2000, published by the Australian Greenhouse Office In most cases, it is not our needs relating to the built environment that cause environmental problems – rather it is the way we choose to meet them.

8 Teacher Resource: The Sustainable Living Project, UNSW INCREASED AIR POLLUTION - chemicals and gases EFFECTS ON PUBLIC HEALTH - we all need clean air and water, good food INCREASED SOIL CONTAMINATION - chemicals, dirty water, loss of nutrients GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS - global warming and climate change UNNECESSARYD ELEPLETION OF NATURAL RESOURCES - forests, water, minerals, soil INCREASED WATER POLLUTION - raw sewage rubbish chemicals what are the impacts of unsustainable design & building practices ? PRODUCTION OF WASTE - rubbish, materials, chemicals, etc sustainable architecture looks to find new ways to provide our needs without creating these impacts

9 Teacher Resource: The Sustainable Living Project, UNSW s u s t a i n a b l e a r c h i t e c t u r e the design process technology people sustainability

10 Teacher Resource: The Sustainable Living Project, UNSW technology: accommodating the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (Brundtland Report, World Commission on Environment and Development 1987) development: making and using technology that meets human needs while taking into account long and short term consequences for society and the environment ecologically sustainable appropriate design process: 1. understand the needs of the users of the building 2. look at the capacity of the site and the environment in supporting those needs 3. make design decisions and use appropriate technologies to fulfil the above sustainable

11 Teacher Resource: The Sustainable Living Project, UNSW s u s t a i n a b l e a r c h i t e c t u r e c a s e s t u d i e s using an environmentally conscious design process to achieve sustainable results

12 Teacher Resource: The Sustainable Living Project, UNSW NMB Bank Headquarters, Amsterdam Images: Green Design, Dorothy Mackenzie, (1991), London: Laurence King Publishing Materials include natural materials such as timber, marble and copper create a warm and pleasing environment (social benefits) are locally produced, therefore reduce transportation pollution and resources Staircases designed to be appealing, in order to: reduce reliance on lifts (reduces electricity consumption) allow for interaction between co-workers (social benefits) create an architectural feature Hello!! natural breezes natural lighting Windows allow natural sunlight into the building (less electricity used for lighting) can be opened to allow cross-ventilation (building has no air- conditioning, and uses much less electricity) Rainwater is collected from the roof (reduces mains water consumption) used for water features and to water plants inside the building (creates a cool, healthy and pleasing environment) water fall water collected from roofs


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