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Sustainable Architecture: The International Style of the 21st Century

Sustainable Architecture: The International Style of the 21st Century | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

Sustainability is defined as our ability to meet our present needs without compromising the abilities of future generations to meet their own. The three Es (Economy, Ecology, and Equality) and the three Ps (People, Planet, Profit) are simple guides for sustainability as a consideration in decision-making.

These ideals can combine with 3 current pillars of architecture to come up with a new series of precepts: program, economy, operation, and harmony.

-Program describes the purpose of the building and its ability to carry out that function for the ease and comfort of those who would inhabit it. It is most concerned with people and the human element of the architectural experience.

-Economy speaks to the ability of a building to stand and is concerned primarily with its production and use of materials both physical and nonphysical. It is most concerned with the component parts of that which makes up a building and minimizing waste.

-Operation is all about the performance of a building in all of the non-human aspects, such as light, air, water, and energy. Economy and operation are strongly related and are opposite sides of the same coin; one has profound effects on the other.

-Finally, harmony is an expression of the building as a whole and how well it relates to itself, the world around it, and those who use it. It is the most subjective of the pillars and is mostly aesthetic. Similar to the relationship of economy to operation, harmony is the reciprocal of program; one is the consideration of the building unto itself, the other the consideration of the building unto the world...

 

In the weeks to come, these four pillars will be covered in more depth looking at the theoretical, practical, and technological ins and outs of Sustainable architecture- the International Style of the 21st century.


Via Lauren Moss, Isalyne Couteaux, Adela Ciurea, Ricardo E. Valenzuela Ruiz
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Jemma Tanner's curator insight, October 28, 2013 11:32 PM

This article gave me an idea for a design task activity consisting of making your own sustainable building. If I were to ever create this activity I'd probably find an old building in the city that was going to be knocked down and create a story that the students had to design the replacement. I'd give criteria based around sustainable practices as well as what functions the building must have. The main focus I'd give them would be that the building needs to meet the needs of the residents without compromising future generations. From this resource I would take the three Ps mention - Purpose (does it fulfill the purpose for which it was designed), Physical (does it achieve the physical requirements given) and Pleasing (does it look good). If I really wanted to extend this task I could create a budget for the building in which the students would have to manage during its creation. I'd definitely do this as a group task because collaboration between students always generates more ideas.

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Aluminium in Architecture

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Monthly Email News for the Architectural Aluminium Industry

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The latest Construction Products Association Trade Survey for Q2 highlights that 46% of building contractor firms reported  output higher than a year ago.

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How to get #double-glazing in Camden and Haringey’s listed homes

How to get #double-glazing in Camden and Haringey’s listed homes | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
As energy bills rise and environmental issues are pushed with increasing fervour, owners of listed homes can often feel they are receiving wildly conflicting advice.
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Navigating the #planning application process and obtaining permission to install #double-glazing can prove difficult and confusing.

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What you need to know about new tax evasion law changes

What you need to know about new tax evasion law changes | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

The proposed introduction of a new criminal offence for tax evasion is a major step. 

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The Government are putting forward proposals for a ‘strict liability offence’ (which would be the first in the field of direct tax). This means that the intention of the taxpayer would not necessarily have any bearing on the outcome of a case.

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Like a fish out of water: RMJM designs aluminium scale-clad tower

Like a fish out of water: RMJM designs aluminium scale-clad tower | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Following an architectural competition, RMJM's Shenzhen office has been given the nod to build an observation tower in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China, th...
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The observation tower will rise 88 m (288 ft) into the sky, with a total floor space of 4,563 sq m (49,115 sq ft)

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Scaffolder faces jail & £2500 fine over colleague's fractured skull

Scaffolder faces jail & £2500 fine over colleague's fractured skull | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
A West Midlands scaffolder has received a four-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months and been ordered to pay £2,500 in compensation after another worker suffered a fractured skull when a pulley wheel fell 7m.
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HSE inspector Edward Fryer said: “This incident was entirely preventable and could easily have been avoided had Mr Harvey followed the published guidance

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Reminder Invite - FREE Leicester Installers Seminar #FENSA (Thurs 25 Sept, 6pm)

Reminder Invite - FREE Leicester Installers Seminar #FENSA (Thurs 25 Sept, 6pm) | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

You are invited to attend a free FENSA installers’ seminar at Leicester on Thursday 25th September 2014 (arrivals at 6.00pm, ends at 8.00pm). 

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Places are limited and on a strictly first-come, first-served basis.

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#Nottingham Timber company fined after worker is run-over

#Nottingham Timber company fined after worker is run-over | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

He suffered leg fractures, broken and dislocated toes and deep grazing, was hospitalised for 12 days and unable to work for some months. 

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The court heard that the firm had been issued with an Improvement Notice in 2001 for a lack of risk assessments,

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DECC blasted by ad watchdog over string of bogus #GreenDeal claims

DECC blasted by ad watchdog over string of bogus #GreenDeal claims | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
The Government has been slapped with a humiliating rebuke by the advertising watchdog after Ministers published a series of bogus marketing claims in a botched effort to support the Green Deal scheme.
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Today’s ASA ruling found that the web of deceit and consumer mis-selling surrounding the #GreenDeal has now come from the Government itself.

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Fall from roof lands two Kent firms in court

Fall from roof lands two Kent firms in court | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Two construction companies have been sentenced for safety failings after a worker was injured in a fall at a site near Canterbury in Kent.
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HSE inspector Melvyn Stancliffe said: “This was a completely avoidable incident.

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New Website - Windows, Doors and Conservatories - Lister Trade Frames

New Website - Windows, Doors and Conservatories - Lister Trade Frames | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
If you are a window or conservatory installer, or your business is within the construction industry, or you are an architect working within the commercial sector, Listers would very much like to hear from you.
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Trade, Commercial Projects, Architects, Self Builders, New Builders or Refurbishment - It's all here on www.listertf.co.uk

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All Change! - Pickles calls for new homes to have more parking

All Change!  -  Pickles calls for new homes to have more parking | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Local government secretary Eric Pickles is calling for new housing developments to be built with more parking spaces to end a “vicious cycle” where clogged up streets leave motorists to run a gauntlet of congestion, unfair fines and restrictions.
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The department has published new planning guidance for consultation, which seeks councils’ support to improve the quality and quantity of parking.

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#FENSA is still the most popular way to comply with Building Regulations

#FENSA is still the most popular way to comply with Building Regulations | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

FENSA is still the most popular way for installers of replacement windows and doors in domestic properties to satisfy Buildings Regulations.

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FENSA is the only glazing Competent Persons Scheme asked for by homeowners – and that’s according to the BBC*.

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Was it Abused? - #GreenDeal Home Improvement Fund Update

Was it Abused?  - #GreenDeal Home Improvement Fund Update | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

Since the closure we have been working to make sure that the process of checking applications to ensure they meet the Scheme terms and conditions and voucher redemption can happen quickly.  

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31 Engineering Mistakes That Make You Wonder Who Gave Them Engineering Degrees

31 Engineering Mistakes That Make You Wonder Who Gave Them Engineering Degrees | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Civil engineering is the loudest of the engineering's - what civil engineers make is visible and can be seen, touched and lived-in by many for many years. We have seen some amazing marvels of civil engineering in past and we continue to come across amazing civil engineering projects everyday. However, here are some civil engineering fails that will leave you baffled
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31 Engineering Mistakes That Make You Wonder Who Gave Them Engineering Degrees

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Mayor expands work to make thousands of #London’s #buildings more #energy #efficient

Mayor expands work to make thousands of #London’s #buildings more #energy #efficient | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today announced a further investment of almost £12m to expand his programme to retrofit buildings across the capital, making them more energy efficient,
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The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “We need to do everything possible to make the most of our resources, reduce carbon emissions and create a more secure, cost-effective and sustainable heat and power supply across London. 

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The Warm & Healthy Homes Show 12-13 September. #Staffordshire

The Warm & Healthy Homes Show 12-13 September. #Staffordshire | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

The Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE) in Longton is staging a two-day public event designed to help people understand how they can feel warmer, be healthier and live greener.

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The Warm and Healthy Homes Show aims to attract several hundred people from across the local area with a focus on the types of people most likely to want or need to improve their homes 

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Are you experiencing this? - Recovery puts pressure on firms to find staff

Are you experiencing this?  -  Recovery puts pressure on firms to find staff | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Areas such as London and Scotland facing recruitment issues
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Workloads between July 2013 and last month grew by 10%, the survey added, driven by the private housing and commercial sectors.

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Taking Environmental responsibilities seriously - Listers & Staffordshire Business Environment Network

Taking Environmental responsibilities seriously - Listers & Staffordshire Business Environment Network | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

Listers - Proud to be members of SBEN

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Proud to be members of SBEN The Staffordshire Business Environment Network. http://www.listertf.co.uk/120-what-goes-around-comes-around-at-listers.html ;

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#SAD used to be a Winter thing. - Now, Managers need to be more considerate during summertime sadness

#SAD used to be a Winter thing. - Now, Managers need to be more considerate during summertime sadness | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

Two thirds of UK employees feel under extra pressure during summer, says new report from Bupa.

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Ultimately two thirds (61 per cent) dread coming back to work after a holiday.

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#HSE confirms appointment of new chief executive

#HSE confirms appointment of new chief executive | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

Dr Richard Judge has been appointed chief executive of Britain’s workplace health and safety regulator.

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He will take over from Kevin Myers, who has been acting chief executive since August 2013

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Mayor's last minute push for Estuary airport

Mayor's last minute push for Estuary airport | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Decision on its future in next few weeks
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Boris Johnson is hoping an eleventh hour push will keep alive his plans for a new Estuary Airport.

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Wow! - The City in the Sky: #London Tower Block #Construction

Wow! - The City in the Sky: #London Tower Block  #Construction | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
London is the proposed city for the mixed-use tower - which would feature huge ramps linking different sections of the structure to create a 'vertical city'.
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Ambitious blueprint for London tower block that could house thousands of people - as well as schools, offices, shops and even parks

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Why Apple's Next iPhone Will Be Bigger Than You Think

Why Apple's Next iPhone Will Be Bigger Than You Think | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
iPhone 5S next to Nexus 5. Credit: Kārlis Dambrāns, FlickrHere's what's on my mind as I'm getting ready for Squawk Alley on CNBC: It's a big year for the iPhone, literally.At a choreographed coming
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At a choreographed coming-out party on September 9, the entire tech world expects Apple to show off a device with a 4.7-inch screen, and possibly one with a 5.5-inch screen.

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Thanks! - Say thank you once in a while - it's worthwhile

Thanks!  -  Say thank you once in a while - it's worthwhile | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

One in five say their boss never says 'thank you' - but that could undermine productivity.

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“In a busy working environment it’s easy for bosses to forget to say 'thank you' as often as their employees would like them to.

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10 ways to renovate sustainably #DoubleGlazing

10 ways to renovate sustainably #DoubleGlazing | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
From sun tunnels to wood burners, here are a some small-scale, energy saving ideas for sustainable renovation, inspired by some of Britain’s superhomes
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About one fifth of the home’s heating is lost through the windows,

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