Top Ten Measure 4: Bioclimatic Design

Sustainable design conserves resources and maximizes comfort through design adaptations to site-specific and regional climate conditions. Describe how the building responds to local climate, sun path, prevailing breezes, and seasonal and daily cycles through passive design strategies.

  • Site and climatic analysis
  • Description of internal versus external building loads
  • Design strategies that reduce or eliminate the need for non-renewable energy resources
  • How these strategies specifically shaped the building plan, section, and massing
  • How these strategies specifically affected placement, orientation, and shading of the building

Our thanks to the ENERGY STAR program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and to the U.S. Department of Energy, and to BuildingGreen, Inc. for hosting the submission and judging forms.

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