Construction Resource Use Matters


All the materials used in the construction of a building come from within the earths ecological systems.  All the water and air used to process materials and carry away “waste” flow through those systems.  All the energy used in the process also comes from those ecosystems, whether the electricity to run the saws, the fuel to manufacture and haul the materials, or the food to keep the chain of workers motating.


In a sustainable design all those resources exist in a flow within ecosystems, from “cradle to cradle”, as William McDonough would say.  In a healthy ecosystem one organisms “waste” is another’s resource.


This concept applies to:


  1. Construction Materials

  2. Finishes

  3. Energy Use

  4. Water Use and Pollution/Waste

  5. Air, and Air Pollution of all types

  6. Labor

  7. Everything........

Elements of Sustainable Design
Definitions
Physical Aspects 
Attention to Detail
Size   
Durability   
Health   
Construction Resources   
Ongoing Resource Use   
Life Cycle
Our Ecosystems
Awareness

Mental Aspects
Philosophy
Process
Knowledge
Emotion
Spirit
Time and Energy
Strategy
Tribe
History
Awareness
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