1. Site selection and orientation: I take into consideration the local climate, topography, and available resources to optimize the building's energy efficiency and minimize its impact on the surrounding ecosystem.
2. Material selection: I prioritize the use of local, renewable, and recycled materials to reduce the environmental footprint of the project and support the local economy.
3. Energy efficiency: I incorporate passive design strategies, such as natural ventilation, daylighting, and thermal mass, as well as energy-efficient systems and technologies, to minimize energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
4. Water conservation: I implement strategies for water-efficient landscaping, rainwater harvesting, and greywater recycling to minimize the demand for potable water and reduce the building's impact on local water resources.
5. Indoor environmental quality: I prioritize the health and well-being of building occupants by using non-toxic materials, providing access to natural light and views, and ensuring proper ventilation and air quality.
I worked on a project where we designed a mixed-use development that incorporated many of these principles. We used locally sourced materials, optimized the building's orientation for natural light and ventilation, and included green roofs and rainwater harvesting systems to reduce the environmental impact of the building.