Sustainable design (also called environmental design, environmentally sustainable design

environmentally conscious design, etc.) is the philosophy of designing physical objects, the built
environment, and services to comply with the principles of social, economic, and ecological
sustainabilityThe intention of sustainable design is to "eliminate negative environmental impact completely
through skillful, sensitive design".[1] Manifestations of sustainable design require renewable resources, impact
the environment minimally, and connect people with the natural environment.

Great design is sustainable design: Rather than considering green building design as an externality, architects
must think about it as a set of principles for great design. This includes better user experience and comfort,
doing more with less to enable the building to easily achieve peak performance, and maximizing the effectives
of durable, quality materials. Rather than the well-known edict “form follows function,” it’s time to think “form
follows environment.” [2]

Beyond the "elimination of negative environmental impact", sustainable design must create projects that are
meaningful innovations that can shift behaviour. A dynamic balance between economy and society, intended to
generate long-term relationships between user and object/service and finally to be respectful and mindful of the
environmental and social differences.[3]

Conceptual problems

Diminishing returns

The principle that all directions of progress run out, ending with diminishing returns, is evident in the typical 'S'
curve of the technology life cycle and in the useful life of any system as discussed in industrial ecology and life
cycle assessment. Diminishing returns are the result of reaching natural limits. Common business management
practice is to read diminishing returns in any direction of effort as an indication of diminishing opportunity, the
potential for accelerating decline and a signal to seek new opportunities elsewhere.[citation needed] (see also: law of
diminishing returns, marginal utility and Jevons paradox.)

Unsustainable investment

A problem arises when the limits of a resource are hard to see, so increasing investment in response to
diminishing returns may seem profitable as in the Tragedy of the Commons, but may lead to a collapse. This
problem of increasing investment in diminishing resources has also been studied in relation to the causes of
civilization collapse by Joseph Tainter among others.[4] This natural error in investment policy contributed to the
collapse of both the Roman and Mayan, among others. Relieving over-stressed resources requires reducing
pressure on them, not continually increasing it whether more efficiently or not.[5]

Waste prevention

Landfills have contaminated drinking water.35 pounds of waste per day. and water. about eight pounds in every ton of household garbage contains toxic materials.K. Attempts to control or manage wastes after they are produced fail to eliminate environmental impacts. the Netherlands: "The Greenest Building in the Netherlands . nail polish. The toxic components of household products pose serious health risks and aggravate the trash problem.[7] Experience has now shown that there is no completely safe method of waste disposal. a comprehensive design strategy is needed for preventing generation of solid waste. and other products.S. each person in England generated an average of 1. The majority of water treatment systems change the local ecology. and mercury from batteries. preventing waste pollution from litter caused by disposable beverage containers does not mean doing without beverages. for example. The only way to avoid environmental harm from waste is to prevent its generation. In the U. cleaners. All forms of disposal have negative impacts on the environment. toxic materials also pose a serious threat to public health and the environment." Negative Effects of Waste About 80 million tonnes of waste in total are generated in the external fuel. lead. and local economies.[6] And with reference to only household waste. This would mean a greater reliance on natural materials or products that are compatible with the environment. The following waste prevention strategies apply to both. and organic compounds found in pesticides and consumer products. alone. Any resource-related development is going to have two basic sources of solid waste — materials purchased and used by the facility and those brought into the facility by visitors. For example.. cadmium.[8] When burned or buried. Garbage burned in incinerators has poisoned air. water or sewage. between 1991/92 and 2007/08. It does not mean doing without. each year. but doing differently. such as heavy metals like nickel. soil.Plans for Floriade 2012 in Venlo. public health. electricity. Pollution prevention means changing the way activities are conducted and eliminating the source of the problem. such as air freshener sprays. Waste prevention strategies In planning for facilities. A good garbage prevention strategy would require that everything brought into a facility be recycled for reuse or recycled back into the environment through biodegradation. it just means using refillable bottles. although different approaches will be needed for implementation:[9] .

sustainably produced or recycled materials which require little energy to process  Energy efficiency: use manufacturing processes and produce products which require less energy  Emotionally durable design: reducing consumption and waste of resources by increasing the durability of relationships between people and products. One Central Park. 2008 . It opened on September 27. some common principles are as follows:  Low-impact materials: choose non-toxic. therefore it reduces the impact on the environment. San Francisco."[10]  Design impact measures for total carbon footprint and life-cycle assessment for any resource used are increasingly required and available. Sustainable design principles The California Academy of Sciences. Sydney While the practical application varies among disciplines .^[11] Many are complex. is a sustainable building designed by Renzo Piano. and systems should be designed for performance in a commercial 'afterlife'. through design  Design for reuse and recycling: "Products.  use products that minimize waste and are nontoxic  compost or anaerobically digest biodegradable wastes  reuse materials onsite or collect suitable materials for offsite recycling  consuming less resources means creating less waste. California. processes. but some give quick and accurate whole- .

and trade in terms of existing and evolving connections between spiritual and material consciousness. or standards. with broad and diverse implications at every scale.. 4. Accept responsibility for the consequences of design decisions upon human well-being. the viability of natural systems..  Robust eco-design: robust design principles are applied to the design of a pollution sources. sustainably managed renewable sources that can be composted when their usefulness has been exhausted.[15]  The physics principle [16] that accounts for the urge to have sustainability. Germany. Bill of Rights for the Planet A model of the new design principles necessary for sustainability is exemplified by the "Bill of Rights for the Planet" or "Hannover Principles" . Insist on the right of humanity and nature to co-exist in a healthy.400 kJ) per dollar and producing CO2 at the average rate of 0.[12]  Sustainable design standards and project design guides are also increasingly available and are vigorously being developed by a wide array of private organizations and individuals. 2. Recognize Interdependence.. enabling the constant reuse of materials in continuous closed cycles.. The elements of human design interact with and depend on the natural world. from a private automobile to a carsharing service. Such a system promotes minimal resource use per unit of consumption (e.developed by William McDonough Architects for EXPO 2000 that was held in Hannover. .57 kg of CO2 per dollar (1995 dollars US) from DOE figures. Create safe objects of long-term value..000 BTU (8. There is also a large body of new methods emerging from the rapid development of what has become known as 'sustainability science' promoted by a wide variety of educational and governmental institutions. dwelling. 3. and their right to co-exist. supportive. industry. diverse."[13]  Service substitution: shifting the mode of consumption from personal ownership of products to provision of services which provide similar functions. Do not burden future generations with requirements for maintenance or vigilant administration of potential danger due to the careless creations of products.[14]  Renewability: materials should come from nearby (local or bioregional). processes. Consider all aspects of human settlement including community. One measure estimates any spending as consuming an average economic share of global energy use of 8. Respect relationships between spirit and matter. and sustainable conditions.  Biomimicry: "redesigning industrial systems on biological lines .g.. earth estimates of impacts. 5. The Bill of Rights: 1.g. Expand design considerations to recognizing even distant effects. per trip driven). is the constructal law. e. and for the evolutionary design in general.

education and practices of our professions will be directed to shape a sustainable future. Evaluate and optimize the full life-cycle of products and processes. . to approach the state of natural systems in which there is no waste. patrons. 6. landscape architectural. developed a vision statement in an attempt to foster a team approach to sustainable design. Encourage direct and open communication between colleagues. landscape architecture. regulations. No human creation lasts forever and design does not solve all problems. Human designs should. graphic design. urban design. and standards for sustainable design  Educating the building industry. UIA. Those who create and plan should practice humility in the face of nature. as a multidisciplinary partnership. These principles were adopted by the World Congress of the International Union of Architects (UIA) in June 1993 at the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Expo 93 in Chicago. fashion design and human-computer interaction. a coalition of architectural. through to the macrocosm — buildings. ICED states: The ethics. 7. the declaration states that today's society is degrading its environment and that the AIA. Further. . . The world needs facilities that are more energy efficient and that promote conservation and recycling of natural and economic resources. Treat nature as a model and mentor. and the Earth's physical surface. Incorporating this energy efficiently and safely for responsible use. 8. and their members are committed to:  Placing environmental and social sustainability at the core of practices and professional responsibilities  Developing and continually improving practices. and standards in government and business so that sustainable design will become the fully supported standard practice  Bringing the existing built environment up to sustainable design standards.[17] Applications Applications of this philosophy range from the microcosm — small objects for everyday use. To achieve this vision we will join . 9." In summary. clients. . and engineering organizations. like the living world. the Interprofessional Council on Environmental Design (ICED). industrial design. not an inconvenience to be evaded or controlled. It is a philosophy that can be applied in the fields of architecture. the AIA and UIA signed a "Declaration of Interdependence for a Sustainable Future. Understand the limitations of design. and re-establish the integral relationship between natural processes and human activity. manufacturers and users to link long term sustainable considerations with ethical responsibility. services. Rely on natural energy flows. In addition. . and the general public about the importance of sustainable design  Working to change policies. derive their creative forces from perpetual solar income. products. Eliminate the concept of waste. ." These activities are an indication that the concept of sustainable design is being supported on a global and interprofessional scale and that the ultimate goal is to become more environmentally responsive. Seek constant improvement by the sharing of knowledge. procedures. cities. interior design. urban planning. engineering.

Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Frank Gehry has called green building "bogus."[24] Others claim that such criticism of sustainable design is misguided. material reuse. some designers and critics have complained that it lacks inspiration. depletion of natural resources. whose book The Shape of Green: Aesthetics. Examples Beauty and sustainable design Because standards of sustainable design appear to emphasize ethics over aesthetics. does not solve this problem."[25] Small and large buildings are beginning to successfully incorporate principles of sustainability into award-winning designs. sustainable design. and humanitarian relief. eco-friendly materials. Construction methods and materials include repurposed shipping containers. and that the scale of resource use is growing and not stabilizing. Whole earth impacts are beginning to be considered because growth in goods and services is consistently outpacing gains in efficiency. The present approach. which focuses on the efficiency of delivering individual goods and services. the net effect of sustainable design to date has been to simply improve the efficiency of rapidly increasing impacts.Sustainable design is mostly a general reaction to global environmental crises. UTS. affordability. The basic dilemmas include: the increasing complexity of efficiency improvements. and floating homes. and Design (2012) was the first dedicated to the relationships between sustainability and beauty. The American Prospect asked whether "well-designed green architecture" is an "oxymoron. but also that following the principles of sustainability to their logical conclusion requires reimagining the shape of everything designed. [21] The limits of sustainable design are reducing. [18] In 2013. and loss of biodiversity."[22] and National Design Awards winner Peter Eisenman has dismissed it as "having nothing to do with architecture. that physical impacts of delivering goods and services are not localized. As a result. creating things of even greater beauty. Ecology. A leading advocate for this alternative view is architect Lance Hosey. but are distributed throughout the economies. the difficulty of implementing new technologies in societies built around old ones. “Urgent Architecture: 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World. Examples include One Central Park and the Science Faculty building."[23] In 2009. Emotionally durable design . eco architecture writer Bridgette Meinhold surveyed emergency and long-term sustainable housing projects that were developed in response to these crises in her book. Reviewers have suggested that the ideas in The Shape of Green could "revolutionize what it means to be sustainable. sandbag homes. damage to ecosystems. the rapid growth of economic activity and human population. straw bale construction. Hosey argues not just that sustainable design needs to be aesthetically appealing in order to be successful.”[19][20] Featured projects focus on green building.

[28] Therefore. Experiences & Empathy. and in. Emotionally Durable Design: Objects. emotionally durable design reduces the consumption and waste of natural resources by increasing the resilience of relationships established between consumers and products. and is about far more than just the mindless purchasing of newer and shinier things. As a strategic approach.  Surface: How the product ages and develops character through time and use. tactile products which the user can get to know and assign value to in the long-term. as a way of developing more sustainable attitudes to. motivated by complex emotional drivers. "emotionally durable design provides a useful language to describe the contemporary relevance of designing responsible. a product requires an attribute. becomes a seemingly endless process of serial destruction". UK.[27] In his book. or number of attributes.”[31] Eco fashion and home accessories . “emotionally durable design is a call for professionals and students alike to prioritise the relationships between design and its users. 'emotional durability' can be achieved through consideration of the following five elements:  Narrative: How users share a unique personal history with the product.Stain Teacups: Bethan Laura Wood. it is a journey towards the ideal or desired self.[29] According to Chapman. well made. 2009 According to Jonathan Chapman of the University of Brighton. which extend beyond utilitarianism. Chapman describes how "the process of consumption is.  Consciousness: How the product is perceived as autonomous and in possession of its own free will."[30] According to Hazel Clark and David Brody of Parsons The New School for Design in New York. that through cyclical loops of desire and disappointment. design things. and has always been.  Attachment: Can a user be made to feel a strong emotional connection to a product?  Fiction: The product inspires interactions and connections beyond just the physical relationship. product replacement is delayed by strong emotional ties."[26] Essentially.

the Sun Ship. produce a positive energy balance. The Solar Settlement is the first housing community worldwide in which every home. Play media Discussion by Julianna Osk Hafberg of Likka Fashion Brand at the Reykjavík Art Museum Creative designers and artists are perhaps the most inventive when it comes to upcycling or creating new products from old waste. material selection and procurement. or may harness new sustainable materials or production techniques e. Eco design may also use byproducts of industry.[33] Sustainable vs green design is the challenge that designs not only reflect healthy processes and uses but are powered by renewable energies and site specific resources.600 m2) integrated retail. the Solar Settlement. reused or recycled building materials. the engineers. Sustainable architecture attempts to reduce the collective environmental impacts during the production of building components. Germany. from site selection. alternative energy sources such as solar hot water. were completed by architect Rolf Disch in Freiburg. architects will soon be able to create not only passive. commercial and residential building.) This design practice emphasizes efficiency of heating and cooling systems. fabric made from recycled PET plastic bottles or bamboo textiles. A test for sustainable design is — can the design function for its intended use without fossil fuel — unplugged.000 sq ft (5. but rather be able to integrate the entire power system into the building design. as well as during the lifecycle of the building (heating. As technology progresses in architecture and design theories and as examples are built and tested. scheme formation. and even decommissioned fire hose to make belts and bags. rainwater harvesting for gardening. during the construction process. reducing the amount of waste being dumped in landfill. carpet cleaning etc. A growing number of designers upcycle waste materials such as car window glass and recycled ceramics. textile offcuts from upholstery companies. This challenge suggests architects and planners design solutions that can function without pollution rather than just reducing pollution. the architects. on-site power generation .solar technology. wind power. ground source heat pumps. In 2004 the 59 home housing community.[34] . to project implementation. Whilst accessories may seem trivial when pitted against green scientific breakthroughs.g. This requires close cooperation of the design team. and on-site waste management such as green roofs that filter and control stormwater runoff. Sustainable architecture Main article: Sustainable architecture Sustainable building design Sustainable architecture is the design of sustainable buildings. appropriate building siting. and the client at all project stages. null-emission buildings. washing and aquifer recharge. electricity use. all 59.[32] Sustainable architects design with sustainable living in mind. the ability of fashion and retail to influence and inspire consumer behaviour should not be underestimated. and a 60.

Some designers and gardeners such as Beth Chatto also use drought-resistant plants in arid areas (xeriscaping) and elsewhere so that water is not taken from local landscapes and habitats for irrigation. must be avoided to avoid killing wildlife. Areas of the garden and landscape can also be allowed to grow wild to encourage bio-diversity. and acoustics. Pesticides. and sustainably harvested seaweed extract to replace micronutrients.[38] Both trends started in the 1980s. or habitats such as ponds for amphibians and aquatic insects. thermal conditions.An essential element of Sustainable Building Design is indoor environmental quality including air quality. and Sustainable gardening Sustainable landscape architecture is a category of sustainable design and energy-efficient landscaping concerned with the planning and design of outdoor space. especially persistent pesticides.[35] Concurrently. Design techniques include planting trees to shade buildings from the sun or protect them from wind. instead of rainfall becoming surface runoff and increasing the risk of flooding. agroecology. Sustainable landscape approaches and labels include organic farming and growing. architectural tradition and classical design. Sustainable landscapes and gardens can be productive as well as ornamental. The integrated design of the indoor environment is essential and must be part of the integrated design of the entire structure. The Driehaus Architecture Prize is an award that recognizes efforts in New Urbanism and New Classical Architecture. or roosting or nesting habitats such as trees. the recent movements of New Urbanism and New Classical Architecture promote a sustainable approach towards construction.[39] TACOS Sustainable landscape and garden design Main articles: Sustainable landscape architecture. and is endowed with a prize money twice as high as that of the modernist Pritzker Prize. permaculture. using local materials.[36][37] This in contrast to modernist and globally uniform architecture. Sustainable agriculture Main: Organic farming Sustainable agriculture adheres to three main goals:  Environmental Health. Plants and materials may be bought from local growers to reduce energy used in transportation. Sustainable landscaping. Native animals may also be encouraged in many other ways: by plants which provide food such as nectar and pollen for insects. vegan organic gardening. ecological gardening and climate-friendly gardening. growing food. firewood and craft materials from beautiful places. illumination. ASHRAE Guideline 10-2011 addresses the interactions among indoor environmental factors and goes beyond traditional standards. Soil fertility can be managed sustainably by the use of many layers of vegetation from trees to ground-cover plants and mulches to increase organic matter and therefore earthworms and mycorrhiza. agroforestry. nitrogen-fixing plants instead of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers. Water from building roofs may be collected in rain gardens so that the groundwater is recharged. . as well as leaning against solitary housing estates and suburban sprawl. that appreciates and develops smart growth. and on-site composting and chipping not only to reduce green waste hauling but to increase organic matter and therefore carbon in the soil. forest gardens.

Careful selection of materials and manufacturing processes can often create products comparable in price and performance to non-sustainable products.  Economic Profitability. cooling.[40] Domestic machinery and furniture Main article: Home appliances Automobiles. People in many different capacities. have shared this vision and contributed to it. and if agrarian reforms would permit an efficient agriculture with fewer pesticides. such as Zelfo. wood and plastics from natural feedstocks. ventilation and water heating  Absorption refrigerator  Annualized geothermal solar  Earth cooling tubes  Geothermal heat pump  Heat recovery ventilation  Hot water heat recycling  Passive cooling  Renewable heat  Seasonal thermal energy storage (STES)  Solar air conditioning  Solar hot water Disposable products . There are strenuous discussions — among others by the agricultural sector and authorities — if existing pesticide protocols and methods of soil conservation adequately protect topsoil and wildlife. A variety of philosophies. and constructed from recyclable materials such as steel. the following themes commonly weave through definitions of sustainable agriculture. Doubt has risen if these are sustainable. therefore reducing the damage to the ecosystem. Despite the diversity of people and perspectives.  Social and Economic Equity. from farmers to consumers. policies and practices have contributed to these goals. For more information on the subject of sustainable agriculture: "UC Davis: Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program". Improvements to heating. Even mild design efforts can greatly increase the sustainable content of manufactured items. and renewable materials. aluminum and glass. home appliances and furnitures can be designed for repair and disassembly (for recycling).

and feasibility of primary renewable energy resources must be analyzed early in the planning process as part of a comprehensive energy plan. bioenergy. geothermal. and hydrogen. and Passive solar building design Sustainable technology in the energy sector is based on utilizing renewable sources of energy such as solar. Responsible energy use is fundamental to sustainable development and a sustainable future. and energy efficiency with the use of primary renewable energy resources. Since most such items end up in landfills. Such aspects can regard the resource consumption restrain. Wind energy is the world's fastest growing energy source. the analysis and optimization of intra- factory aspects that are related to manufacturing plants. the ergonomics for the factory workers. Solar panel. in the presence of air. the utility of such disposable products is debated. the elimination of hazardous substances. energy conservation. newspapers and other disposable items can be designed to decompose.Detergents. The plan must justify energy demand and supply and assess the actual costs and benefits to the local.  Designing sustainable production systems imply. wind. or solar hot water and is also a rapidly growing energy source. and Stormwater harvesting . and the technological updating of machines and plants. The concept of sustainable manufacturing demands a renewed design of production systems in order to condition the related sustainability on product life cycle and Factory operations. and global environments. on the one hand. Water sector Main articles: Reclaimed water. it has been in use for centuries in Europe and more recently in the United States and other nations. product chain dematerialisation.  Other inter-factories aspects concern the sustainable design of manufactured products.[42] Design for sustainable manufacturing Sustainable manufacturing can be defined as the creation of a manufactured product trough a concurrent improvement in the resulting effect on factory and product sustainability. the minimization of factory emissions and waste as well as internal emissions. Wind energy is captured through the use of wind turbines that generate and transfer electricity for utilities. Rainwater harvesting. Solar power can be harnessed through photovoltaics. and the labelling for sustainability. management of the background and foreground supply chains.[41] The availability. support of circular economy paradigm. The current challenge in this area is to design such items in attractive colors. homeowners and remote villages. potential. concentrating solar. Energy management must balance justifiable energy demand with appropriate energy supply. Energy sector Main articles: Solar energy and Alternative energy See also: Solar thermal collector. The process couples energy awareness. at costs as low as competing items. regional. the process efficiency. hydro. protected from air and water. water and common soil organisms. the integrated management of information in the production facilities.

and can be reused or recycled at the end of their useful life.[45] There is significant overlap with appropriate technology. Terminology In some countries the term sustainable design is known as ecodesign. but did not explicitly combine these areas of design concern in one term. do not deplete natural resources. that is not necessarily for drinking purposes. including the triple bottom line (people.003 litre rainwater harvesting tank in Kerala Sustainable water technologies have become an important industry segment with several companies now providing important and scalable solutions to supply water in a sustainable manner. Victor Papanek. Little discussions have however taken place over the importance of this concept in the run-up to the circular economy package. Beyond the use of certain technologies. Sustainable Design in Water Management also consists very importantly in correct implementation of concepts. in particular considering the needs of people in developing countries. as to achieve water of drinking quality can be extremely energy intensive for several reasons.[43] This more rational use of water achieves several economies. that are not only related to water itself. Among one of these principal concepts is the fact normally in developed countries 100% of water destined for consumption. and a sustainable technology may have high cost or maintenance requirements that make it unsuitable as an "appropriate technology. an Ecothis. green design or environmental design. do not directly or indirectly pollute the environment. . However. fewer limited resources. This concept of differentiating qualities of water for different purposes has been called "fit-for-purpose". which emphasizes the suitability of technology to the context. that the European Commission will be tabling by the end of 2015. planet and profit). is of potable water quality.EU campaign was launched to raise awareness about the economic and environmental consequences of not including eco-design as part of the circular economy package. embraced social design and social quality and ecological quality.[citation needed] In the EU. the most appropriate technology may not be the most sustainable one. but also the consumption of energy.A 35. the concept of sustainable design is referred to as ecodesign.[44] Sustainable technologies Sustainable technologies use less energy. Sustainable design and design for sustainability are more common terms." as that term is commonly used. To this effect.