Green Architecture: Designing an Ecologically Sound Dwelling

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by Reinhard Kanuka-Fuchs, TU-Berlin, Germany,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Housing America in the Twenty-First Century

Abstract: Green architecture has evolved in many places with various names such as natural, healthy, ecological, organic, biological, harmonic, sacred, holistic, etc. The general focus of Modern Architecture during past decades and Modern Life in general has emphasized primarily technical, technological, functional, aesthetic and economical aspects. Consequently a crisis has developed in World Health and Planetary Ecology, which now challenges us to look at biological and ecological aspects. A build up of toxic building materials has created 'Indoor Air Pollution' and 'Stick Building Syndrome'. Building Biology (BB) is the study of the impact of the build environment and land development upon the health of people.

Subject Headings: Ecosystems | Sustainable development | Biological processes | Indoor environmental quality | Building design | Residential buildings | Lifeline systems |

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