Sustainable Design Essay

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Chapter 1: Global Sustainability: The Macro Perspective 1. Environmentally Responsible Design a. In 1987, the United Nations provided the definition of sustainable development that is used most often: “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs”. b. This shows prospects for the long-term survival of the human race at the level of its current manifestation in developed countries. Two fundamental concepts are shown in the United Nations definition: 1 – the fair and just intergenerational allocation and use of natural resources, 2 – the preservation of ecosystems across time. c. Sustainable design suggests a macro perspective on environmental responsibility, protection of the health and welfare of global ecosystems for current and future generations. Green design suggests a micro perspective, protection of people’s health and welfare in the built environment. Environmentally responsible design, a combination of green and sustainable design, has far-reaching benefits for planet Earth and its inhabitants. 2. A Paradigm Shift a. The paradigm shift from environmental irresponsibility to environmental responsibility will challenge the range of professionals responsible for the design and construction of the built environment. b. There is increasing recognition that ERD has a positive impact on the natural environment, the global economy, and the people who live, work, and play in the built environment. c. Principles of sustainable design are: Principle 1 – Respect for the wisdom of natural systems. Principle 2 – Respect for people. Principle 3 – Respect for place. Principle 4 – Respect for the cycle of life. Principle 5 – Respect for energy and natural resources. Principle 6 – Respect for process. 3. Interaction of Economic, Social, and Ecological Systems a. Creation of the built environment

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