Sustainable Built Environments

2013 Edition
| Editors: Vivian Loftness, Dagmar Haase

Sustainable Built Environment, Introduction

  • Vivian Loftness
Reference work entry

Defining Sustainability in the Built Environment

Sustainable design is a collective process whereby the built environment achieves unprecedented levels of ecological balance through new and retrofit construction, toward the long-term viability and humanization of architecture. Focusing on environmental context, sustainable design merges the natural, minimum resource conditioning solutions of the past (daylight, solar heat, and natural ventilation) with the innovative technologies of the present, into an integrated “intelligent” system that supports individual control with expert negotiation for resource consciousness. Sustainable design rediscovers the social, environmental, and technical values of pedestrian, mixed-use communities, fully using the existing infrastructures, including “main streets” and small town planning principles, and recapturing indoor-outdoor relationships. Sustainable design avoids the further thinning out of land use, and the dislocated placement of buildings...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Building Performance and DiagnosticsCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA