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"Target Issues"

Resource & Environmental Performance – Planet

“An active relationship between water management and the community” – Urban Circulatory …
“An active relationship between water management and the community” – Urban Circulatory System in Brazil addresses the pressing challenge of water sanitation in Rio de Janeiro’s informal communities. The Holcim Awards Bronze winner for Latin America by Ooze Architects localizes water treatment and cleans wastewater where it is produced. The sanitation system improves public health, helps to prevent landslides, and creates more efficient water management infrastructure.

Definition – Resource and environmental performance – Planet

Projects must exhibit a sensible deployment and management of natural resources throughout their entire use-cycle. Long-term environmental concerns – especially those pertaining to stocks and flows of material, water, and energy – should be an integral part of the design approach.

  • Minimizing a project's ecological footprint and maximizing its positive impact on the environment; reduction of harmful effects and increase of beneficial outcomes, with a premium placed on low-carbon construction.
  • Environmentally-conscious land use strategies and policies that preserve the existing landscape, while taking water and land reclamation into account.
  • Emphasis placed on the use of renewable energy in construction, use and upkeep of the built fabric to significantly reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, while minimizing toxic side effects.
  • Innovative deployment of material resources in construction, with an emphasis on cradle-to-cradle cycles, mining existing building stocks, minimizing the consumption of water, and reducing waste.
  • Use of resilient, durable, and non-toxic products, robust construction details, emphasis on the optimal interaction of building systems, as well as the promotion of environmentally sound technologies.
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Energy and water efficient border control station
Chrysanthemum Building: Affordable residential urban infill development
Sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan
IUCN Conservation Centre
Measuring Performance
Exemplary Buildings
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