I pursue an “environmentally responsive” approach to sustainability in architectural design. This is an approach that emphasizes siting, orientation, building form, activity placement, and an understanding of the correct use of convection currents and radiation for the sense of comfort — among other strategies. This differs from the current approach, which relies on using increasingly large amounts of building material, complicated mechanics, and a complex checklist that is only administered (and understood) by a new group of professionals in an approach that is largely prescriptive, confusing, bureaucratic, and increasingly difficult to navigate. Simple, effective strategies for remaining safe, comfortable and productive in our structures, while using the minimum amount of fossil fuel for the production, installation, maintenance, and disposal of these structures should be common knowledge and understood by everyone, not just design professionals.
In the coming months I will begin to explore this approach.