CH2 Building Cooling. Essay

1645 WordsJan 31, 20097 Pages
SUSTAINABLE / GREEN BUILDINGS PERFORMANCE AND OPERATION This state of the art literature review was completed in the aim to fulfil Swinburne’s literature review assignment requirements. The performance and operation of sustainable buildings (also referred to as green buildings) will be analysed focusing on the minimum requirements a building must meet in order to be classified as sustainable (green), brief discussion on how sustainable buildings operate and perform, and finally the advantages of sustainable buildings to both our current environment and the future. Sustainable buildings are buildings that are measured against ‘code’ buildings, where the structures qualify for a building permit, but don’t go beyond the minimum requirements (Yudelson 2006, p. 18). The philosophy of the building needs to be resolved, deciding on how green the building should be. Therefore, it is up to the project team to decide how green a sustainable building is to be, where they are required to reflect on the ‘green’ technologies they would like to incorporate, and thus seek information on what is available and the costs and benefits that are needed. The level of ‘greenness of a building can be defined in guidance with the Australian Green Star program, where a rating of 4 stars is for ‘industry best practice’, 5 stars for ‘Australian excellence’, and 6 stars as ‘recognising international leadership’ (Hes 2005, p.146). American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (2006, p. 4) states that in order to be green and sustainable in operation and performance, a building must be green and sustainable in design. Design that is classified as green and sustainable are designs that minimizes the negative human impacts on the natural surroundings, materials, resources and processes that prevail in nature. Therefore, the operations of a building to be classified as

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