SUSTAINABILITY

• Use solar heat and energy—an abundant

resource in this area.

• Pursue simple technologies such as passive solar

as well as active solar such as photovoltaics.

• Employ solar chimneys for cooling.

• Use evaporative cooling (“swamp coolers”),

which is preferable to air conditioning.

• Employ “xeriscape” using drought-tolerant plants.

• Use gravel mulch in landscaping.

• Minimize irrigation.

• Minimize site disturbance.

• Harvest water in cisterns.

• Grade to direct water runoff to vegetation.

• Use locally available natural materials rather

than synthetic, manufactured materials that

must be imported.

• Recycle graywater for landscape irrigation.

• See the “Common Principles” section in the

introduction of this chapter for more

recommendations on sustainability.

 

Figure of building that maximizes solar gain and daylighting.

 

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