The Science Behind Green Building
Sustainable building takes most of us back to the classroom for a refresher on the physical properties of energy, air, and water. Green building practices, as well the selection of the appropriate building materials, revolve around a few basic principles of science. Science is what sustainable building relies on, principles that once understood can guide you every step of the way, including:
- A house is a system of interrelated parts.
- Energy loses some of its potential each time it is converted from one form to another, which explains why passive solar heat is much more efficient than electric heat.
- Form follows function when it comes to design, meaning that construction should be