A Greener Bathroom

Renovating a bathroom to be greener

If you are building, renovating or just looking to ‘green-ify’ your bathroom, there are many things, great and small, you can do to better serve the environment: Replace – nearly a third of the water consumed in homes is used to flush toilets. Renovating is a perfect time to install a water-saving toilet. Install – low-flow, or water-saving bathroom faucets, taps and shower heads produce an adequate flow but use 60 percent less water by combining the water with air pressure. Replace Water Heater – look for a high Energy Factor as this is the measure of the water heaters’… read more

How Buildings Affect Us

The importance of buildings

I have come to realize in my work as an architect, developing legislation for energy efficiency and in helping State entities to build greener buildings that we lack comprehension about the magnitude of the role buildings play in our lives. Each and every building has an affect on those of us that use it Each and every building has an affect on the natural world Each building is built for use and affects our well-being.  Children attend school, we go to work or attend church, we run at the gym or we meet in a coffee shop and we pick… read more

Green Building For Profit

Building better and more efficiently

Triple Bottom Line (TBL) is a cyclic thought and action process: engage stakeholders, understand the problem, find solutions, repeat and repeat again. One result of TBL in the design and construction industry is that we are finally moving past the egocentric view that we can design whatever we like and then engineer the systems to make the building comfortable for others to live and work in. We can save money and energy as well as improve our health if we incorporate location-based diversity into how we design and build and renovate buildings. We also see that construction work is the… read more

Green Louver Building

Green building

Architects Rothe Lowman White has launched an innovative green building in Melbourne, Australia. The $90 million office tower features louvers which are designed to follow the sun and thus provide the optimal mix of shade on the glass while allowing natural light to enter the building. The building consists of approximately 12,600 square meters (135,000 sq ft) of office space and 1,900 square meters (20,000 sq ft) of retail space over seven levels, and is located in the heart of South Melbourne a 10 minute walk from the CBD. The development has a street level bicycle facility featuring 85 secure… read more