Essays on Sustainable Construction - the Use of Residential Green Walls Case Study

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The paper "Sustainable Construction - the Use of Residential Green Walls" is a perfect example of a business case study. Inefficient home energy use in residential buildings has been a costly affair and one that has led to the growth of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in most countries leading to climate change. Statistics of the global use of energy has revealed a higher percentage of use in residential and commercial buildings and this is projected to grow even further in Australian homes. It has been estimated that the construction of buildings and the other operations requiring the usage of energy has accounted for a total percentage of 50 of the total GHG emissions.

Hence Energy-efficient retrofitted measures should be carried out in buildings to reduce these amounts and help save on the available energy sources. Buildings constructed should conform to the NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) standards of energy efficiency, water usage and indoor environmental quality of buildings (LANCASTER 2012, pg 22). This should take a more integrated and comprehensive approach incorporating the need for sustainable building and site  designs, sustainable residential landscapes and architecture practices that would improve the environment and also increase the energy efficiency of buildings.

This would help in the introduction too of a framework that would increase the quality of the built environments, encouraging the maximum utilization of the existing natural systems with a view to reducing energy usage. These integrated site designs would leverage the many benefits accrued from the natural systems and thus significantly cut down the use of external energy. Building construction and operations always have extensive direct and indirect impacts on the environment, society, and economy and thus such designs should find a way to seek a balance between these needs to give out amicable and sustainable solutions.

Both levels of the governments should be involved in these efforts to help incorporate these sustainable residential landscape architecture practices across the states, in urban, suburban and rural homes.

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