Sustainable Design Methodology: Case Study in Venezuela

PLEA2007 – The 24th Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Singapore, 22-24 November 2007

ABSTRACT: Several bioclimatic design strategies, among them solar control and wind utilization, have been integrated within architecture projects in the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela. These are an integral set of considerations addressed within a sustainable design process. Nonetheless, no experience has been documented in regards to the inclusion of other sustainable considerations in an integral manner, e.g. water and energy efficiency among others. This paper presents a case study of the inclusion of environmental sustainable principles into the design process of a residential complex in the city of Maracaibo. This paper describes the methodology followed by the design team (architects, engineers and consultants) in order to improve a design process which considers various aspects of sustainability while taking into account the limitations and opportunities of the local context. The process evolves through several discussions of: a) sustainability and the local context, b) assessment of current international methods, c) potential strategies, d) integration into design, and e) design evaluation. The results serve both: as a first step into further incorporation of sustainable concepts into Maracaibo’s architectural design practices, and highlight the environmental results obtained and expected from including these concepts.

Experiences in the development of sustainable design methodology for a residential complex: La Piedra (Venezuela)

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