How to Create a Green Building Village

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This article had given me a really good idea about the model for residential area that I would like to follow and build in my own business forward. I mean, It`s not just about the effort in studying and working on natural building materials and finding solutions for affordable housing and building in Vietnam, but also about a concept model for a residential area including other combination such as urban farms, urban gardens, and the building materials, the building techniques we use to build it, and the building process we will go through.. And how all the things can contribute to create a healthier life style and a better planet for our next generations.

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** The master plan above is one of my concept designs for Page Hall Project  – Page Hall Community Garden in Sheffield, England.

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Rules of thumb

Throughout history, people have constructed buildings with an intuitive responsiveness towards the environment and the climate in which they live, ensuring their own comfort while respecting limited resources and working with, not against, the forces of nature. By returning to an understanding of the basic principles involved in the ways that buildings respond to their surroundings, we can significantly reduce energy needs. Guidance on how to design buildings that need little or no energy for heating, lighting and cooling is the specific focus of this book.

We use energy to heat, light and cool our buildings. Much of the energy we use is derived from fossil fuels (oil, coal, gas), which are finite global resources. They will eventually run out. Before we seek to replace this fossil-fuel-derived energy with renewable or alternative energy sources (sun, wind, water or plant-based), we should first aim to ensure that our buildings use as little energy as possible, irrespective of where that energy comes from. Any energy source will result, from its production, supply and use, in negative impacts on the planet.

Aside from fossil fuels being a finite resource, there is a second reason to reduce the amount of energy used in our buildings. The way in which we convert fossil fuels into the energy we use for heat, light and power results in the generation of carbon dioxide (CO2), one of the greenhouse gases. A link has therefore been made between buildings, global warning and climate change. In fact, buildings are responsible for nearly half of all the CO2 emissions we generate.

Certainly energy is used in the construction of buildings – for example, from the mechanical excavation of clay to its firing and then the transportation of the resulting brick to the construction site – and this is a serious issue for designers to tackle. But by far the most energy is used by buildings during their lifetime. All of us who commission, design, operate and inhabit buildings therefore have a significant role, and a responsibility, in reducing the energy used in the operation of our buildings.

 

Hemp Building Costs

Hemp Building Cost

In construction, one of the most important factors that should be concerned is the cost of building, and the cost of operation of the building. And the math that interior designers and architects have been facing these days is not only about a well-designed, green-built project, but also affordable building cost. Therefore, the journey of finding solutions for affordable housing and building in Vietnam has oriented myself  toward finding the answer in natural building materials. The cost was mentioned above is not only for construction but also for maintenance and the operation cost during its life cycle.

People always suppose green/sustainable building cost much more than conventional buildings. According to the book named Green Building Design and Construction with reality check, they claimed that it is a very common misconception that continues to linger on even though it has been debunked many times over. Although on a price per square foot basis, building green may incur marginally greater upfront costs, in the long run a green home is more affordable and cost effective because the operational costs are lower when compared with conventional buildings. It is surprising therefore that some developers still believe that building with green materials or renovating to green specifications is cost-prohibitive. In addition to this, there are various strategies and approaches that can be employed to achieve inexpensive green building. These include reducing waste, optimal value engineering, right-sizing the structure to using solar panels, low-e windows, and energy-saving appliances, and more-all of which can help qualify the project for federal tax credits. Moreover, when green thinking becomes an integral part of the initial building plans, it is easier to design and incorporate green elements into the project.

 

 

HempCrete Strongest & Greenest Building material in Nature

Hemp Can Save the World

Hemp has always been a cash crop. Fuel may be the most important product you can get from hemp for our growing energy needs, but there are literally thousands of different products you can make from hemp. From clothing, to makeup, to biodegradable plastics, it’s pretty much a miracle plant. It has 4x the yield of tobacco, is incredibly resilient to changes in environment and it grows very quickly. I would argue that hemp would be a staple in any sustainable society. (It’s really a shame that it’s illegal in the US.)—>Not sure!

Some initiative include

1/Affordable/sustainable housing

2/Community economic development

3/Food access

These local actions create local results, which contribute to the health and wellness of residents in VN and properties by creating economic opportunities and improving social conditions.

Create a healthy balance between its environmental social, and economic dimensions.

Sustainabilit is not just about building green but about building a healthy community and sustaining a quality way of life.

——>Creating new jobs

——>Attracting new business

——>Reducing our energy cost

——>Creating a healthy environment

My way for MA

Some initiatives include:

-Affordable Housing
-Community Economic Development
-Financial Empowerment
-Food Access
-Community Engagement

These local actions create local results, which contribute to the health and wellness of residents in Vietnam and properties by creating economic opportunities and improving social conditions.

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Some address for study about lime and hemp

Straw Bale Building and Clay Plastering Courses in Hertfordshire April 2016

http://www.ukhempcrete.com/contact-us/

Lime Plaster

 

Green Building: Myths and Realities

Sustainability costs more, which ignores recent research as well as the reality that for any society to thrive and prosper, it must seek to create a healthy balance between its environmental, social, and economic dimensions. Sustainability is not just about building green but about building a healthy community and sustaining a quality way of life. As a community we cannot afford to continue delaying the pursuit of new sources of energy such as wind, solar, and geothermal. With the state of the economy being what it is, these efforts would help create new jobs, attract new businesses, reduce our energy costs, and create a healthy environment. Although green building has made tremendous strides in the past few years, there remain many who are still unconvinced of its benefits due to the numerous myths and misconceptions floating around the mainstream construction and real estate industries.

1/ Green/sustainable building cost much more than conventional buildings

Reality check: This is a very common misconception that continues to linger on even though it has been debunked many times over. Although on a price per square foot basis, building green may incur marginally greater upfront costs, in the long run a green home is more affordable and cost effective because the operational costs are lower when compared with conventional buildings.  It is surprising therefore that some developers still believe that building with green materials or renovating to green specifications is cost-prohibitive. In addition to this, there are various strategies and approaches that can be employed to achieve inexpensive green building. These include reducing waste, optimal value engineering, right-sizing the structure to using solar panels, low-e windows, and energy-saving appliances, and more-all of which can help qualify the project for federal tax credits. Moreover, when green thinking becomes an integral part of the initial building plans,  it is easier to design and incorporate green elements into the project.

2/ It`s just another fad and therefore not particularly important

Reality check: Over the last decade, we have witnessed an increasing interest in sustainability and a continuous growth in green building and green building certification-so much so that it has now become more than an integral part of the mainstream in the construction industry, and it is becoming the preferred building method. Furthermore, creating a healthy environment where green building does not exist cannot be considered a fad.

3/ Green building are often “unattractive” or “ugly” and lack the aesthetic quality of conventional buildings

Reality check: A green/sustainable building does not have to look any different from a conventional building. In fact many of today`s green buildings are virtually indistinguishable from traditional buildings. Moreover, green renovations of existing buildings should respect its character and if well designed, most likely won`t be noticeable from either the interior or exterior. Thus, wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Counsil (FSC) looks essentially the same as other types of wood, and when using a vegetated roof, for example, it would not continuous rows unattractive solar panels to be green or be obligated to go with solar power, although there are numerous ways to creatively integrate photovoltaic (PV) panels into a project that are both attractive and effective. Likeawise, eco-friendly shingles are actually more attractive than the common asphalt versions and some renovations are actually invisible (e.g., extra insulation or a new energy-efficient HVAC system).

4/ Green buiding is essentially about eco-friendly material selection

Reality check: Not at all. Green building is mainly concerned with how you design and orient your building, site selection, water conversation, energy performance, window location, and so on. However, making smart decisions regarding eco-friendly building materials (e.g., those possessing a high recycled contents, low embodied energy, minimal VOCs) is an important aspect of green building, but they are only a small part of the overall equation. Alex Wilson, president of BuildingGreen Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News says: “People are beginning to gain a greater understanding that green building is a systems approach to the entire construction process.”

5/ Green Buildings do not fetch higher rental rates or capital compared with traditional buildings

Reality check: Recent surveys consistently show that there is a growing market demand for green buildings because they achieve much higher rentals, thus capital, as a result of reduced operation costs and higher productivity of employees.