Long lasting design solutions which lead to a construction of a building that serves efficiently and successfully its purpose, are the basis for environmentally sustainable design. Reduction of the carbon footprint is achieved by taking advantage of the principles of the circular economy and passive environmental building design, and by promoting the production of any requested energy from renewable resources.
The demand for the embodied energy in construction and manufacture is reduced by minimizing the need for virgin production. This is achieved by reusing viable existing structures, recycling the construction materials and planning for easy reuse or recycling of the building elements in the design. For new production, materials and techniques of low carbon footprint and clear recycling strategy are preferred.
The demand for requested energy during the operation is reduced by taking advantage of the passive environmental design principles and environmentally friendly building technology, and by implementing the latest knowledge related to healthy construction and building physiology in this context. The use of design technology that integrates a variety of environmental analysis provides assistance for concept evaluations and comparisons.
For any incoming energy demand, concepts for energy production from renewable resources such as solar, wind and geothermal heat are promoted, as well as energy storage solutions and shared energy concepts on neighborhood and district level.
Climatic conditions and program permitting, integration of vertical farming, grey water reuse, biological waste management and other concepts based on natural cycles are investigated, for nutrient and water recycling, higher chemical-free production efficiencies and new economic opportunities in changing environment and changing urban context.