The responsibility of awareness needed to be practiced by architects/ designers regarding the impacts made by the built environment to natural ecosystems, is in current society a topical discussion. The theoretical aim of using .green. characteristics in design is to ensure the built product embodies the greatest possible benefits while minimising its environmental impacts. With this theoretical base, how is Green Design (GD) developing in practice? Is it following the pro-forma notes set by advising industry bodies?
The observation made of the relationship between the current traditional process of design and the application of GD thinking, indicates there is a requirement for the increased understanding of the context of Green Design. This is what prompted this study into the current state of the development of GD integration in practice; to understand the elements that hold most importance and then to study the methods of approach. The use of a case study by an award winning practice is aimed at illustrating this development in a practical application; by looking at the recommended GD integration theories and comparing them with decisions made during the practical approach.
The chosen project envelops an inter-related systems approach between the natural and manmade environments; by understanding the site constraints, priorities are developed which adversely influence the types of applications applied. A holistic building approach is achieved through multi-discipline team integration; particularly with the integration of the contractor at the preliminary design stage.
With this comparison between the practical and the theoretical, important lessons can be learnt that will ensure the increasing level of smart GD thinking, while conscientiously responding to the original concerns regarding the built environment and the issue of its sustainability.