/// random findings part II: the dinosaur9/17/2008 04:24:00 PM 0 Comments Links to this post
/// random findings part I: the downtown shadow
/// sustainable minimalism
Is Minimalism the pathway to reach the goal of being truly sustainable?
/// no sidewalks
Since the 1960's green roofs have been used in Europe vastly, for the USA it is a much newer technology. Green roofs are vegetated and soil surfaces over the roof waterproofing membrane of a flat slab. This type of roofs emulate natural processes, they serve a storm water retainers, the water held in the soil can percolate and be collected to do the irrigation or treated to be used in the building, it is an insulator dropping the heat/cool coefficients for a building, serves as a natural sound proofer and reduces the cities urban island effect.
/// a way to go: the alley
/// the utopian neighborhood
/// in need of more green buildings
Cities like Chicago have taken the initiative enforcing the use of efficient, smart, green design into all the public funded work being produced. Individual developers try to go away of using green technologies due to the added up-front building cost that it has, but this a misconception if you think of the overall cost of the structure per se, the construction materials and labor required it is a small amount compared to the costs of maintaining that building throughout its lifetime.