Thinking about sustainability as a series of isolated issues
Information about sustainability in the built environment is usually presented using separate categories to describe the concepts, methods and technologies that will influence the design and construction of your building.
Putting products and systems before objectives
Assuming high performance from following the Building Code
Requirements included in the Building Code address basic health and safety, as well as minimum durability and weathertightness requirements. If you are aiming for better performance, designing just to meet these minimum standards may result in a house that does not match your expectations. The World Health Organization recommends a temperature range (18°C to 25°C) for children and adults to protect their health. Although the Building Code sets minimum R-values, there is no guarantee your home’s temperature will be within this range. Other factors such as airtightness will also affect the performance of your home.