Challenging 'best practice' subtropical design

Birkeland, Janis (2008) Challenging 'best practice' subtropical design. In Kennedy, Rosemary (Ed.) Subtropical Cities 2008 Conference - From Fault-Lines to Straight-Lines - Subtropical Urbanism in 20-20, 3 - 6 September 2008, Australia, Queensland, Brisbane.

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Genuine sustainability would require that urban development provide net positive social and ecological gains to compensate for previous lost natural capital and carrying capacity. Thus far, green buildings do not contribute to net sustainability. While they reduce relative resource consumption, they consume vast quantities of materials, energy and water.i Moreover, they replace land and ecosystems with structures that, at best, ‘mimic’ ecosystems. Elsewhere, the author has proposed a‘sustainability standard’, where development would leave the ecology, as well as society, better off after construction than before.ii To meet this standard, a development would need to add natural and social capital beyond what existed prior to development. Positive DesignTM or Positive DevelopmentTM is that which expands both the ecological base (life support system) and the public estate (equitable access to means of survival). How to achieve this is discussed in Positive Development (Birkeland 2008). This paper examines how net positive gains can be achieved in a ubtropical as well as temperate environment.

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ID Code: 25985
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see hypertext link)
Keywords: Sustainable design, Sustainable building, Positive Development, Ecoretrofitting, Living walls, Subtropical design, Green Scaffolding, Green Space Wall, Ecological space
ISBN: 978-0-9752440-2-9
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics Lighting Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design) (120104)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 the author.
Deposited On: 29 Jun 2009 05:31
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 13:51

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