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Environmentally
responsible construction

Eco design principles

  • Keep buildings small and compact so they need less energy to heat (or cool) and use fewer materials.
  • Build in a modular style so building components can be reused if the building is damaged or dismantled.
  • Use pre-fabricated sections that are made off-site to save energy of transporting equipment and people to site.
  • Place large double or triple glazed windows toward the sun (south in the northern hemisphere).
  • Have fewer, smaller windows on the side of the building that gets less light and heat (north in the northern hemisphere).
  • Consider the direction of winds and place a low pitched (rising) roof on the side of the building that is likely to get cold winds or use trees or walls carefully to direct the wind over the building.
  • Incorporate rainwater harvesting.

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