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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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 Design Considerations:

Stairwell placement- Combine main circulation and main stairwell to conserve space.

Lighting, heating & cooling- Consider skylights or an inner atrium to reduce the need for artificial illumination.  Natural light also provides natural ventilation.  Operable windows allow outdoor air to penetrate indoors.

Wayfinding- Incorporate signage into the building plan.  Consolidate rooms and areas to save space.  

Scaled drawings and architectural modeling

Case Studies to research:

Stairwell placement -National Audubon Society Headquarters, New York, NY -  Connecting stairs are located at south-facing windows in order to allow daylight to reach central public areas.

Lighting, heating & cooling- The Body Shop, Raleigh, NC  -  An adaptive reuse project where new openings in the interior and exterior walls admit more light into the mezzanine and warehouse space.
-Herman Miller SQA Facility, Zeeland, MI - A new building has a skylight-to-floor ratio or 5% of the total floor area.

Further Information: 

The Ecology of Architecture: A complete Guide to Creating the Environmentally Conscious Building, by Laura Zeiher.
U.S. Department of Energy: EPIC - Pollution Prevention Information Clearinghouse.













Cornell University, December, 1998