Sustainable technology is an important part of sustainable design and construction so that the builder, the owner, and the occupants can have fewer negative impacts on our environment. It is an important part of making the building comfortable and healthy, which improves not only the performance of the employees, but the building.
The fundamental objectives of sustainable design and construction is to have a reduction in consumption of resources that are non-renewable. Sustainable technology can help in this area as well as find ways to minimize waste.
Sustainable design and construction include the capability to:
- optimize the potential of the site
- minimize consumption of non-renewable energy
- choose environmentally friendly products
- conserve and protect water
- enhance the quality of our indoor environment
- optimize maintenance and operational practices
By utilizing a philosophy of sustainable design, we can encourage the decisions made during every phase of the process, from design to build to move-in. These are decision that can minimize the negative impacts on our environment and the occupant’s health, but not compromise the builder’s or the owner’s bottom line.
It is aunified holistic approach which encourages cooperation and tradeoffs. This type of cohesive approach has a positive impact to each phase and the life cycle of the structure.
Sustainable Technology is the improvement of our environmental and social footprint at each stage of life. Start with extraction of raw material to the end of life.
Sustainable Technology is technologies that facilitate more important use of natural resources while reducing the ecological impact and other technological benefits. Currently, there is not any standardized complete and thorough definition for Sustainable Technology. There is however three important characteristics to define this term:
Dematerialization & Efficiency
The technology allows significant savings in energy and materials.
The technology allows a shift from:
- non-renewable resources to renewable ones
- non-biodegradable to bio-degradable ones
- consuming extractive systems to renewing and restorative ones.
The technology prevents contamination, emissions, and negative impact on the environmental.