Sustainable design has become popular in the last 10 years. But sustainable design isn’t new. The fundamentals of sustainable design are those same fundamentals that have been taught by leading architecture schools for many years. Daylighting, solar design considerations, energy efficiency, appropriate use of materials, and many other design strategies have long been considerations of good architecture.
The development of LEED and other green rating programs have worked to package sustainable design practices in a way that the consumer and general public can understand and embrace. While the benefits of these agencies should not be undervalued, the reality is that these agencies can not quantify one of the most significant qualities of truly sustainable design- that is the overall design of a building and its ability to appeal, endure, and remain desirable for many years. In other words, the most sustainable architecture is not disposable and will not need to be recycled in the foreseeable future.
As a LEED accredited professional (LEED AP) Josh Allison understands the technical aspects of sustainable design. In addition to those technical aspects, Josh Allison Architecture believes that the most sustainable architecture is that which is timeless and will endure for many years to come. Regardless of whether a project seeks to become certified or meet a certain agency’s criteria, Josh Allison Architecture believes there are opportunities for sustainability in every project and therefore approaches each project with sustainability and the fundamentals of good architecture in mind. This goal to create good architecture that contributes to its context, is loved by its occupants and community alike, and that endures the test of time is a goal that is an important component of sustainable design and one that Josh Allison Architecture takes very seriously.