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                                                                            Waste reduc on; pollu on preven on;
                               Waste reduc on; pollu on preven on;
                                                    Construc on waste reduc on; energy
                                                        systems; longer las ng materials and systems
                          Pre Building Phase:    Building Phase : Use    Post Building Phase: Disposal
                                                       non-toxic materials; renewable energy
                                                                              recycled content; embodied energy
                                recycled content; embodied energy
                                                      efficiency; water treatment; use of
                        1         reduc on; use of natural materials  2        reduc on; use of natural materials

                       » Figure 1: Holistic approach to challenges

             recommendations of green building   to compromise on the other   In the absence of such a system,
             certification programmes would also   considerations. But to transition to   interventions are at best trade-
             place the focus on the reduction of   this new holistic paradigm, a systems   offs between different priorities.
             solar radiation and use of shading   approach is essential. With the   Knowledge and computing have to
             devices among other factors.    technical prowess available today,   come together to eliminate sub-
                                             it is possible to bring information   optimal trade-offs. An energy-efficient
             Apart from these considerations,   and empirical evidence to one place   intervention need not fulfil just one
             some of which are basic and others   and enable holistic planning and   goal. It could, for instance, also rank
             specialized, there are more inputs   comprehensive goal-setting   low on embodied carbon and high on
             that go into the process of designing a   for projects.        recyclability, thereby fulfilling three
             building. For instance, the embodied
             carbon in building materials can
             be taken into account, the Life Cycle
             Analysis (LCA) of the materials used                  ENVIRONMENTAL
             can also weigh in as a determinant.                    SUSTAINABILITY
             Accordingly, the decision-making
             process will then include variables
             such as the following:
                ƒ The location of manufacturing
               products with more weightage                           Smart Growth
               given to sourcing from within                           Live/Work
               the radius prescribed in the                            Ameni es
               environmental analysis tool;                          Community Retail
                ƒ Volatile Organic Compound (VOC)                Environmental Learning Center
               limits in adhesives and paints;                       Entrepreneurship
                                                                       Recrea on
                ƒ Fabrication techniques to reduce   ECONOMIC         Cultural Venues      SOCIAL
               waste;                           SUSTAINABILITY         Ins tu ons      SUSTAINABILITY
                ƒ Higher percentage of recycled
                ƒ Efficiencies to reduce or eliminate
               on-site waste of resources.
             These attributes are not considered
             otherwise. The inclusion of these
             criteria does not in any way have     » Figure 2: Circle of sustainability
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