Need For Change

Conventional, modern buildings and cities have departed from the traditional, environmentally-adapted, nature based concepts and planning. Environmentally-Adapted building codes have been in use for thousands of years and were dependent on nature’s environment and surroundings for the wellbeing of the inhabitants.  

Since the Industrial Revolution, modern innovation and the reliance on energy, have led to dramatic changes in the way we plan our cities and buildings causing a dramatic increase of energy consumption.

As a result, our buildings became increasingly energy dependent, producing great health and energy challenges. Neglecting and abandoning the environmentally-adapted knowledge base and building codes, that served mankind for thousands of years, for the conventional, energy based cities and buildings, created a gap in the way we plan, build and occupy the most important spaces in which we live, work, rest and leisure.

Ancient Chinese and Israeli Architecture

By studying and comparing the ancient building codes of Chinese and Israeli architecture we can clearly point at some of the many interesting “Environmentally-Adapted” features:

 

  • A main axis was used to control functional and environmental layout, as well as a main path for natural ventilation and light.

  • The building complex was composed of alternating interior and exterior spaces, sequence of solids and voids.

  • Interior and exterior spaces complemented each other and were not free standing.

  • The Courtyard Concept was an extension of the interior space. All doors and windows opened to the courtyard.

  • The building’s architecture was based on the Module (Jian) which repeated itself and allowed maximum environmental orientation and climate adaptation.

  • All buildings achieved the great Chinese “Balance” by applying bilateral symmetry and articulation geometry. These were always integrated wisely with the irregularity and naturalistic gardens.

  • Chinese cold climate zones featured “courtyards” open to the south, allowing winter sun with seasonal trees offering summer shade. North walls were built to block cold winds.

  • Chinese hot climate zones featured central sky wells, which extended from the ground floor to the roof and served as vents for rising hot air, hot air/cold air exchange, natural light enhancer and rainwater collection.

Beijing - China - 2016

Energy-Dependant Buildings:

Environmentally-Adapted Buildings:

  • Waste energy and leave the largest Carbon Footprint

  • Maintain high energy costs and low efficiency

  • Produce Poor Indoor Air Quality affecting long and short term health

  • Create the Sick Building Syndrome affecting over 40% of all buildings

  • Save up to 30% in energy and operational costs

  • Provide a healthy environment and high quality of life

  • Significantly increase property value and rental income

  • Rely on proven success of thousands of years

  • Provide buildings "built for generations"

  • Connect to a Low-Carbon Footprint Global Movement

     

     

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