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THIS IS WHAT I I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE GREENHOUSE FOOTPRINT
An increasing scarcity of resources; global warming, partly caused by emissions from the construction industry; and the rising price of raw materials are leading South African architects to consider a series of good practices to achieve a sustainable environment.
The road to responsible architecture depends on the efficiency of buildings and their carbon footprint. There are two main building systems in ecological architecture; they are know as passive and active systems. The former refers to strategies that maximum use of the conditions of a location (it’s climate and orientation), insulation, and the thermal inertia of materials to make heating and cooling buildings as natural as possible.
The latter turns to technology for optimal thermal comfort. Currently, the best known active energy-supply systems are: photovoltaics and thermal solar, geothermal, and wind energy, although there are others, such as hydraulic and tidal power.
Another major sector in the field of sustainable architecture is prefabricated homes.
Today, reducing the ecological impact of construction is primarily in the hands of those directly involved (architects, designers, and homeowners), as well as government officials who deal with legislation concerning environmental preservation measures. A home design logically for healthy living and energy self-sufficiency not only achieves the best habitat conditions for its occupants, but the construction of such homes can be critical tool for halting the environmental crisis.