31 May '14, 5am

What makes a site sustainable..?

Need a quick refresher on green building basics? This is our "Green Building 101" series that we'll publish throughout the month. We'll visit topics that form the foundation of our understanding of green building today. What is a sustainable site plan? A sustainable site plan takes into account the impact of the building on the surrounding environment and it's intended occupants. In an ideal case, sustainable design projects will start in one of two ways—either the team starts with a site and considers the best functions and uses for that particular location, or the team starts with a function and determines the best location for that land use. What factors are at play when choosing a site? When selecting a site, the team must consider many attributes of the overall system: What is the local climate of the project? Has the site been previously developed? Is it connected to...

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