Green Architecture Essay

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Green Architecture

Green Architecture began with the first Earth Day in 1970, and has grown in popularity as awareness of the earth’s many ecological problems become more wide spread. Professor Rocky Brittain states "I’ve been teaching this subject for twenty years and have watched interest grow. Now I could say there is some element of sustainability taught in just about every architecture school in the country."(Talarico, 1998) Economic factors have also helped the green movement by causing changes in building materials, and technology. This is most notable in changes to heating and cooling systems, and improvements in insulation and window construction which decrease heat loss and therefore decrease heating and cooling costs. Also,
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"The AIA Committee on the Environment, is working to bring quantitative measures to the subject and to make information about sustainability easier to understand and use. The committee has divided green design into five areas: site and land use (including transportation issues), energy efficiency, materials, indoor ecology, and waste reduction."(Talarico, 1998)

Lynn Simon an environmental architect and consultant has created a system for evaluating building products. "Simon evaluates a green product with the following checklist: Is it locally produced? Is it from a sustainable or renewable resource? Is it reuseable or salvageable if the house is disassembled later? Does it contain recycled products? Were toxic by-products created during the manufacturing process? How much energy is required to create the product? Is there any post-installation off-gassing? How easily maintained is the product? How long will it last? More obvious considerations include the materials availability (because they tend to be region-specific, many green products are not widely distributed), ease of instillation, and cost."(Talarico, 1998)

Also important to the future of green architecture is communication

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