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Unit 7 Architecture

December 1, 2016

The homework question for this week due by Monday, Dec. 5th, is as follows:


Do you think it is important for new buildings to be environmentally friendly? Why/why not?

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  1. Dolphin permalink
    December 1, 2016 7:56 pm

    I think that new building should be constructed environmentally friendly. In today’s increasing interests about health and well-being life make people focus on ‘green’ building. This building doesn’t use toxic materials but non-toxic, nonpolluting and renewable materials. It also increases energy-efficiency. For example, eco-house which was built after a design by using natural-friendly materials economize on electric power about 72%. On the other hand, it is needless to say that it also reduces the destruction of nature.
    Otherwise, top roof gardening apartment or building can keep heat in winter and it is also used as air-conditioning system in hot summer. While the initial cost of these buildings can be expensive, from long-term perspectives, it can influence ecosystems and economic systems in many positive ways.

    • GOGI permalink
      December 4, 2016 7:46 pm

      Save electricity about 72%? Wow. Then, materials of environmental friendly buildings could be expensive but it would be more economically beneficial in the long-term.

  2. AndJuly permalink
    December 1, 2016 9:11 pm

    In my opinion, new buildings should be built environmentally friendly. These days we are suffering serious environment problems, such as global warming or air pollution. Moreover, many people knows that we are having bad times, also they know that all of those environmental problems are casued by our development, especially buildings. Building release so many green gas, which is seriously harmful to air. However, when we construct building environmentally friendly, we could get so many advantages. It could reduce green house gas, and it could also save many energy. Moreover, when we use roof garden, people could also enjoy beautiful scenery. However, many of the building owners hesitate with those kind of building, because it causes so many money. Still, if we build eco building, we could save our environment and it eventually give lots of benefits to us.

    • GOGI permalink
      December 4, 2016 7:52 pm

      I can`t not find the word ‘Green gas’ in the dictionary. I am not sure but I think you misspelled the word ‘Greenhouse gases’.

  3. greentea permalink
    December 1, 2016 10:43 pm

    I think environmentally friendly construction is needed to build new buildings. It does not mean that people should use branches for construction like a beaver, but that there are requirement of sustainable development in the field of architecture. Environmentally friendly construction contributes to solving global environmental problem such as global warming, resource depletion and pollution. First, architects use building materials which are innocuous and durable for green buildings. It is helpful for the health of residents and saving of resources used in reconstruction. Furthermore, environmentally friendly buildings are designed to minimize construction wastes of demolished old buildings for reducing soil pollution. Increasing energy efficiency is the core of green buildings, so people try to reduce the loss of energy or use solar heating panels for supplying eco-friendly energy. In conclusion, we should build new buildings environmentally friendly as a practice of sustainable development, because it is duty for our descendants.

  4. Ezreal permalink
    December 2, 2016 1:08 pm

    In my opinion, new buildings should be built environmentally friendly.
    These days the environment has been made headline, particularly the way we interface with the environment because environmental problems are important to age of development. If the environment is neglected, risks will be bigger than what we think. The risks will bring catastrophes to our descendants.
    Therefore, installing features like solar panels and water-recycling should involve construction. Involving a wind power generator is also a good example.
    Of course, these environmental features of buildings are expensive.
    However, it can be a protection to our descendants. It would be rather cheaper than not. In conclusion, we should build new buildings environmentally friendly as a protection of descendants. From small beginnings came great things.

  5. bingo77 permalink
    December 2, 2016 7:52 pm

    I think new buildings that are built environmentally friendly will be important to our life. Some poeple feel taht they can’t agree with being green because it will cost more money. For example, Green materials and products can be more costly than other materials. However, we have to consider the results of green buildings. We can save energy costs because going green also means conserving energy. We should look at the green building as investment to our life. An investment will not only save our money but also help environment. I think it is win-win situation for everyone.

    • Kiko permalink
      December 4, 2016 11:14 pm

      I partly agree with your opinion. The simple fact is that the natural energy efficiency of green house is lower than we think. So, solar power is not effective even green house has solar panel to save lots of solar power, In other words, green house consume gas or electricity even it has solar panel.

  6. December 2, 2016 9:51 pm

    The building should be made environmentally friendly. Because eco-friendly buildings are considerably efficient in terms of energy consumption. One such example is that the buildings in Masdar City, which is new town of the United Arab Emirates, use natural energy in order to lower the temperature inside buildings. The unique structure also allowed the building to be well ventilated. These eco-friendly buildings are much higher in energy efficiency than normal buildings. Also, eco-friendly buildings have a positive impact on people’s emotions and health. For example, roof garden makes people not only feel natural, but also be active physically.

    • Go CR2 permalink
      December 4, 2016 5:58 pm

      Your example about the building in UAE is interesting. More buildings should be built in this way.

  7. December 2, 2016 10:21 pm

    New buildings should be built environmentally friendly. Once they are constructed, we cannot change their material or something so it is important build environmentally friendly buildings at first. Of course it need lots of money that constructing eco-friendly buildings. However if we think our future, it is necessary. We are living with nature but we destroy nature steadily.
    We create a lot of CO2 and waste energy in a part of architectural material. Therefore we need to use environmentally friendly material. For example, there are soils, brick, wood which easily go to back to nature. They are not produced by chemical conditioning so we use these materials when we construct something. Especially, wood is good to use. It is possible to re-product and less environmentally destructive than any other natural resources.

  8. idontknow permalink
    December 3, 2016 3:18 pm

    I think it is necessary to construct new buildings that are environmentally friendly. There are severe problems in construction of environmentally friendly buildings. One of them is the cost. Constructing new buildings that are eco-friendly requires more expense than normal buildings. However, eco-friendly buildings are more beneficial for energy consumption in long-term aspect. Therefore, constructing eco-friendly buildings brings more profits in long-term, environmental reasons.

    • GOGI permalink
      December 4, 2016 8:04 pm

      Yes. I agree. Natural materials like hardwood can be expensive. But it would be environmetally advantagious in that using these materials can helps people to reduce energy consumption and lessen the usage of fossil fules in the long-therm .

    • Kiko permalink
      December 4, 2016 11:08 pm

      Yes, you have same opinion with me. I think that building green buildings costs a lot even green buildings has lots of advantages. So in my opinion, government should support policy to decrease money which are spent for green buildings.

  9. MOON permalink
    December 3, 2016 10:43 pm

    I think new building needs to be built environmentally friendly because of advantages. First, it affects human’s health positively. Because most materials that are used to construct house and building are toxic to people, it has a negative effect to health. Many people are suffered from allergy or disease and air pollution caused by toxic substance. On the other hand, eco-friendly buildings are made from green materials such as wood and soil. So, it doesn’t have any harm for human body. Also, by using nature substance, there are no problems of destructing the environment. It is easy to reconstruct houses using nature materials. In the short-term, it looks like bad because it is expensive than normal building. However, constructing environmentally friendly building is good for human, nature and saving energy and substances. Therefore, although building green house and building cost a lot, it is important for new buildings to be environmentally friendly.

    • Go CR2 permalink
      December 4, 2016 5:57 pm

      I totally agree on your point that eco friendly buildings use human friendly materials and it is good for health. This could be one good reason to build environmentally friendly buildings.

  10. k123 permalink
    December 4, 2016 5:36 pm

    Environmentally friendly building construction is important. Nowadays, human started pursuing not only development but also a quality of life. A quality of life is related to environmental pollution. Fresh air, clear water, forest, sea and other natural landscape have a great impact on human life. For example, while a company builds their factory regardless of responsibility for water pollution, it can destroy the marine ecosystem and human health. Another example is that many countries are cutting trees and carving the mountain for resorts. It can lead to soil erosion and the landslide, which is dangerous to human safety. In addition, the Earth’s climate is changing rapidly toward negative direction. It is impossible to stop climate change but it is possible to delay or reduce the bad effect on climate change with eco-friendly building construction. Therefore, it is important to build buildings considering the environment effect.

    • GOGI permalink
      December 4, 2016 7:57 pm

      I agree with your idea. Eco-friendly building can be one of precautions for environment destruction.

  11. Go CR2 permalink
    December 4, 2016 5:55 pm

    It is absolutely certain that the buildings to be built should be environmentally friendly. The world is already filled with the uncountable number of buildings and there will be more in the future. Since human beings cannot go on with living without specific spaces to “work”, which is buildings, the so-called natural habitat of modern people should no longer destroy the nature.
    However, the more buildings are built, the faster the nature is destroyed. Therefore, buildings should be built in the ways that minimize the destruction of the nature. This can be done by building eco-friendly buildings. The buildings may include systems that produce sustainable energy, such as solar panels, or water recycling system.
    Some experts say that eco friendly buildings arenot profitable in that they are too expensive to be built. However, which one would be cheaper, rebuilding the totally devastated nature or building environmentally friendly buildings?
    Eco-friendly buildings are, in the long run, profitable, efficient, human-friendly, and reasonable.

  12. GOGI permalink
    December 4, 2016 7:42 pm

    Do you think it is important for new buildings to be environmentally friendly? Why/why not

    I think it is important for new building to be environmental friendly in that environmental buildings have environment-related, economic, and esthetic advantages. First, environmental friendly buildings less destruct the nature than the normal buildings do. For example, Big trees can be a problem when people dig the ground for construction. Removing big trees can cause soil loss and big trees sometimes have historical identity or ritual meanings or family member`s reminiscence. So including trees inside of the buildings can prevent soil loss and purify air inside the buildings. And harmonious coexistence in limited place can keep both human`s memory and nature. Second, environmental favorable buildings can reduce energy for heating and cooling. For example, a house which is made by red clay is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Moderate temperature of inside of building can help people to save energy for heating and cooling. Also natural ingredient does not emit chemicals which harm human. So it reduces money for health maintenance and consultation fees. Third, environmental friendly buildings can be esthetically beautiful. Some buildings which contain rocks or trees have many curved designed walls. In Korea many temples or traditional houses make a tree to pass through the wall and make a curved roof to seek a harmony with the nature. Combination of natural design and artificial design makes a building more attractive. Likewise, today, new buildings will be more beautiful when they are constructed environmental harmonious. In these reasons, I am in favor the opinion that new building need to be environmental friendly.

  13. Kiko permalink
    December 4, 2016 11:04 pm

    Do you think it is important for new buildings to be environmentally friendly? Why/why not

    Needless to say, it is important for new buildings to be environmentally friendly. Many people all over the world think that global warming is a serious problem. Like this, there are lots of environmental problem we are suffering. In this respect build buildings to be environmentally friendly can be helpful for environment. For example, green buildings are effective in terms of water. They recycle rain water and grey water and use them for toilet flushing for instance. On top of that, green buildings save energy more than normal buildings. They usually only depend on all renewable energy resources such as hydro-power, solar power and so on which are used for heat and electricity. Lastly, green buildings are built from natural which means that it is not harmful for our health. Generally, non-green building has asbestos which is toxic material. Many people don’t know about asbestos but we have to be careful about it.

    In my opinion, we have to consider about green buildings even it has lots of advantages for us, because normally it costs a plenty of money to build green buildings. Somehow, people who do not have enough money can not afford to green buildings. Therefore, many people can not live in green buildings even they really want to live in green buildings. It sounds a little bit sad I suppose. So, I think government should support policy to build green buildings.

  14. Gunner permalink
    December 5, 2016 12:50 pm

    As world’s economy has grown generally, people are more interested in health and environmental problems. In architectural fields, the importance of environmentally friendly structures has increased. In my opinion, new buildings should be built environmentally friendly. First, environmentally friendly buildings are good for individuals’ health. Since Eco-friendly materials are used for constructing these buildings, they do not cause any health problems such as an atopic disease or respiratory diseases. More important thing is that environmentally friendly structures can save a lot of energy. For example, the building which has a water purifying system can conserve a large amount of water and the building which is installed solar panels can generate electricity. Some objectors argue that these structures need much cost. However, the expense of energy which can be saved by these systems is much higher. Thus, I think environmentally friendly buildings are necessary.

  15. Rachel permalink
    December 5, 2016 1:09 pm

    Do you think it is important for new buildings to be environmentally friendly? Why/why not.

    Apparently, It is important. Becuase radical industrialization has made all envirnmental problem. Among them, global warming is severe problem as many people know.
    Thus, envirnmentally eco friendly building is necessarily needed. It can save natural resources such as water, electricity. Also It can create new natural power like solar energy, recycled( purified) water. Most important thing for solve envirnmental problem is reducing carbon emission. Low- carbon buildings are helpful to reduce emission of carbon.
    Therefore, It is important for new buildings to be environmentally friendly

  16. BOO permalink
    December 5, 2016 2:03 pm

    In my opinion, buildings should be built environmentally friendly because there are advantages in a number of areas. First, in environment area, buildings which are built by eco-friendly materials gives positive effects to people who live in them. These days people are suffering from toxic materials such as allergy, atopy. Especially children are vulnerable to harmful substance. Eco-friendly constructions can help children to be prevented from these diseases. Second, it can save energy. For example, windows in house is able to make to produce electricity. Panel of light of the sun is attached at windows, and then it is possible to make to generate solar energy. Like this, we can see many construction companies are trying to consider in making environment building. Nowadays, Europe is the most interested country ever in making eco-friendly architectures. Korea should follow this trend. Although it would be expensive, inefficient in short term, it must be beneficial to our own health, environment.

  17. Eve21 permalink
    December 5, 2016 2:10 pm

    It is important to build new building in environmentally friendly way. Environment problems are being a issue in 21st century, and it is human’s duty to protect and preserve the environment to next generation. There are many ways to protect nature itself, and other ways applying scientific technologies. building an eco-friendly building is one way to protect the environment in technological way. It is difficult to make perfect eco friendly building with 0 damage to nature, but it is possible to minimize the negative impact and preserve what is left.

  18. Lana permalink
    December 5, 2016 2:13 pm

    I think it is important to build environmentally friendly structures. There is one huge reason for advocating the argument. The environment is not for present people, but for living things such as animal, plant and even future generation. Definitely, the structures which human made could pollute environment because it is artificial architecture, so we minimize harmful effect on environment by constructing environmentally friendly building. If we make eco-friendly building, human could coexist with other creatures, not breaking eco-system. Also, the future generation will be given environment that is not polluted from present generation.

  19. jelly permalink
    December 5, 2016 2:25 pm

    Environmental friendly buildings are mandatory structures we need in our society. As we all know environmental problems are the most serious issue of the whole world. To be honest, constructing a building itself cause contamination to nature. However it is inevitable to provide the place for human to stay especially in overpopulation society. Therefore new buildings should be environmentally friendly to recover somehow. For example, there are many buildings which have a mini park at their rooftops. Also using environmental materials can save the atmosphere from the fine dust. Although there solutions many cost a lots of money and time, it is worth it to keep the society in better way for long term.

  20. onlyyou76 permalink
    December 5, 2016 2:34 pm

    I think new buildings should be constructed with envirometally friendly. We can’t changeall of old builings that had already built with toxic materials but, at least, we should try to build new ones eco-friendly. The reason is that nowadays, environmental problems are oen of the main issues globally. Inherently, with harmful materials damage our health. Imagine that we breathe iside the building made by those materials every day. The process of making them might be also harmful for people working in factories. Even though we can’t get rid of all of bad stuff, at leat we should minimize the negative effect through using and making buildings eco-friendly.

  21. December 5, 2016 2:55 pm

    In my opinion, new buildings should be constructed environmentally friendly. Nowadays, environmental problems are becoming more serious worldwide and lives are negatively affected by these issues. Moreover it is accelerated by various development and construction is one of the main reasons for pollution due to its process and result. Therefore, eco-friendly materials such as new and renewable energy should be used and thick wall is efficient too in the building. Then, carbon dioxide is less emitted and the cost of maintenance is decreased due to decline of energy use. In addition, this building has a positive effects on lives directly. Indoor air pollution and bad effects to human such as an atopic disease is decreased.

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