By Brian W. Edwards, Emanuele Naboni

Eco-friendly structures Pay examines, via case stories of industrial and college constructions, how diversified ways to eco-friendly layout can produce extra sustainable styles of improvement. The case experiences are defined through their designers and infrequently additionally by way of the buyer, thereby making sure that the structures are obvious within the context of industry realities.

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Architects: Michael Hopkins and Partners. Ozone layer depletion Although the thinning of the ozone layer and global warming share certain similarities, the problems are quite distinct. However, a building which is low-energy in design is likely also to add little to the thinning of the ozone layer About a half of ozone damage is caused by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used in connection with air-conditioned, usually high-energy buildings. Designing with natural ventilation avoids ozone damage which has led to 60 000 extra cases of skin cancer a year in the UK alone because of the additional ultra-violet light Although the Montreal Protocol (1990) and subsequent European Union directives have begun to phase out the production of CFCs they remain in use in many commercial and educational buildings.

At the same time, real estate has become a boardroom issue and buildings another company outgoing which should be properly measured and evaluated, not just rental levels. The issues which matter to the company facilities manager are flexibility, health and safety, running costs, effects upon absenteeism, tenant perception, etc. In the 1980s the property industry determined specification levels, size and quality of accommodation, but the emphasis is shifting to the customer. Tenants now influence building design to a far greater degree and it is tenant power which is leading the incorporation of green principles into the commercial property market As companies have downsized and decentralized, the demand for different kinds and size of office space has intensified.

EDF Headquarters, Bordeaux. Architects: Foster and Partners. How do green buildings pay? 25 Helicon Building, London: Architects: Sheppard Robson. Green buildings pay Elizabeth Fry Building, University of East Anglia. Architects: John Miller and Partners. 26 How do green buildings pay? PowerGen Building, Coventry. Architects: Bennetts Associates. 27 Green buildings pay 28 The Environmental Building at the Building Research Establishment (BRE), Garston. Architects: Feilden Clegg. Cable and Wireless College, Coventry.

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