Why is green and sustainable design important?

Green design architecture

You should also follow measures that require businesses to improve the energy performance of commercial buildings.  These include inspections of air conditioning systems and Energy Performance Certificates.

If a construction project is worth more than $300,000, it must have a site waste management plan.  The plan should allow for construction site waste to be managed more sustainably.

Remember that these considerations are not universal across all companies.  Your company’s objectives, market, products and overall strategy should determine which considerations are most important.

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Sustainable design conclusions

We need to produce better and more efficiently for one obvious reason: raw materials and natural resources are not infinite and could be depleted if we do not take care of them. Some, such as water, are essential for life, while key sectors of the economy, such as the technology industry, depend on minerals. If we add to this the CO2 emissions and energy consumption of production centers, the planet is not doing well.

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The environmental benefits of sustainable production also extend to industry and the public. The UN argues that this system is good for everyone because it improves the quality of life of millions of people, reduces poverty, increases competitiveness and lowers economic, environmental and social costs.

Difference between eco-design and sustainable design

The complexity of a sustainable product is not only reduced to the use of recycled materials or energy reduction. Sustainability affects both the natural and social environment, so a more holistic assessment is needed.

First and foremost, the product has to be viable and provide a benefit to the consumer and the production components. If one section of the production chain loses or does not receive this value then the producers will stop producing. The same will happen with consumers who, if they do not perceive this value, will stop consuming the product and it will disappear from the market.

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If a product wants to be competitive, it must be in constant evolution. Not only because of technological and methodological improvements that make the processes vary for other more effective ones, but also because of market changes that make it necessary to adapt the product to the demands of society.

Ecological design epidemiology

Use of materials: choose non-toxic, sustainably produced or recycled materials that require little energy during processing. Materials databases help to find the right materials. With paid materials (such as www.materialmatters.nl) and free databases (such as www.idemat.nl) you can view, compare and discover their ecological aspects.

Energy efficiency: use production processes and make products that require less energy. Water-based ink, produced locally and marketed through fair trade in the Netherlands, is one example.

Use/replacement similarity: change the method of consumption from personal ownership of products to provision of services for shared use. For example, instead of buying a private car, use a car-sharing service. Such a system promotes minimum resource use per unit of consumption (e.g., per trip driven).

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A problem arises when the limits of a resource are hard to see, so increasing investment in response to diminishing returns may seem profitable as in the tragedy of the commons, but may lead to collapse. This problem of increasing investment in diminishing resources has also been studied in relation to the causes of the collapse of civilization by Joseph Tainter, among others. This natural error in investment policy contributed to the collapse of the Romans and Mayans, among others. Relieving overstressed resources requires reducing the pressure on them, not continually increasing them whether more efficiently or not.