Action to match the wordsEnvironmental technologies are often described as 'alternative', implying that they offer a lowergrade? unproven? unattractive? option to conventional solutions.
This impression can be reinforced where the advocate for 'alternatives' is operating from premises using traditional systems; for example a renewable energy supplier situated in a shopfront connected to mains power.
One other criticism of environmental technologies is that the chief advocates are often also those with a partisan preference to particular proprietory equipment; in plain words - people enthuse about those specific systems for which they are the agents.
From this source too can come advice that particular single approach solutions are answers for everyone's problems.
As a sideline to this, environmental technologies can also be advocated by their enthusiasts as achieving utopian levels of performance. New incoming users of these technologies then find that in real world performance in comparison with these performance claims either:-
This architectural practice:-- operates from a self sufficient facility using environmental technologies including solar power, low energy and services demand systems and sustainable interaction with the land revegetation site on which it is established (see Monarto project page)
- develops projects for clients seeking environmentally benign solutions; applying the most appropriate technologies appropriate to each individual project from the broad palette of systems available (see Technologies section pages)
- is not involved in selling any particular brand of systems. The advocacy in
favour of environmental technologies from this architectural practice is therefore
from the fundamental principles level backed by experience with the technologies
in use in the real world.
These benefits include both the reduced impacts from an environmentally benign project; and also additionally accrues opportunities to repair environmental damage of the past as part of the development of the new project.
No longer is the environment for free; in this approach both conventional cost
centres as well as social and long term costs have to be included.
- emphasises the connection between user expectations and system capabilities.
This is more than simply measuring demand loads. The process between
architect and client extends throughout the building design period, to also raise
client awareness of demand issues and the opportunities to contain demand by
occupant use patterns.