Sustainability is not decided with the result, but from the very beginning
There is no alternative to an ecological approach!
Green building means
- planning holistically
- balancing the interests of people and the environment
- participating actively in transforming society in the direction of a sustainable lifestyle and CO2-neutral production
- being aware that construction absorbs a significant portion of all the resources consumed by humans (materials such as energy)
- planning in an energy-efficient and climate-neutral way
- maintaining biodiversity, conserving resources and utilizing renewable raw materials
- reducing land use
- procuring sustainable products and services
- seeing that human rights are adhered to in the supply chain
- ensuring users’ health and comfort
This applies especially to architecture, which, viewed as a whole, is responsible for about 40 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions.
But what does ecological planning really mean? What requirements must be met, and what criteria must be fulfilled? Such planning aims at a holistic approach, which covers everything from the choice of suitable building sites to appropriate materials to increased energy efficiency to inspected interiors. Planning holistically means considering the context. As a rule, the most sustainable free-standing house in a green field cannot compete with a simple conversion within an existing housing estate, because the house cannot be considered alone but always within a context.