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Department of   Design and Environmental Analysis,
Cornell University
  1. External Considerations

  2. Core & Envelope

  3. Indoor Ecology

  4. Material/Product Content

  5. Ecotecture Worksheets

  6. Additional information.

  7. Case Studies

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Building Form/ Shape

Design Considerations:

Energy efficiency-  A circular or square building shape will hold heat better than a long, rectangular building. 

Harmony with environment- Locate building in a space that does not block views of the surrounding environment from surrounding buildings.  Locate the building in a space which does not shade existing vegetation that needs ample amounts of sunlight.  Locate the building in a space which removes the least amount of trees.

DOE- 2 computer modeling helps to calculate the varying conditions of fundamental building components

Case Studies to research:

Harmony with environment -  
Paulk Residence, Seabeck, Washington - The site was disturbed as little as possible. Footings were hand-dug to minimize soil disturbance.
-Reeves Residence, Dewees Island, South Carolina - The building was located on a site where the fewest trees were removed. 

Further Information:
“Lady Bird’s Legacy”, Dillon, David.  Architecture.  Vol.84, no.7, July 1995, pp. 68-74.
“Flora + Fauna”, Mays, Vernon.  Architecture. Vol.87, no.7, July 1998, pp. 68-75.
Moore, F.  Environmental Control Systems: Heating, Lighting, Cooling.  New York:  McGraw-Hill, Inc, 1993.
National Audubon Society Audubon House:  Building the Environmentally Responsible, Energy-Efficient Office.  New York, NY:  John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 1994
The Ecology of Architecture: A Complete Guide to Creating the Environmentally Conscious  Building by Laura Zeiher.

Web resources:
U.S. Department of Energy: EPIC - Pollution Prevention Information Clearinghouse.














Cornell University, December, 1998