Building Site and Program

A building’s site and program will help you understand the energy loads you will need to manage, what passive design strategies are most appropriate, how make the building fit into the landscape and people’s lives.

Building Site Surroundings

A building's immediate surroundings change its effective weather patterns, as nearby buildings or trees can block sunlight and change wind patterns.

Building Program and Schedule

A building's program scopes the project by outlining how space should be used based on the building’s goals, conditions, and objectives.

Building Site Location

Part of a building’s sustainability is related to its land use.  Continuing to convert more wild lands and farmlands into building sites is unsustainable, and there is much land area available in cities that can be redeveloped more densely and sustainably.