Energy-efficient design- use of natural features

When it comes to efficiency in design, it is of utmost importance to consider the long-term ramifications of design choices. Fixtures such as doors, windows, heating, cooling and water selected for efficiency may be more expensive short term, but the energy savings and sustainability aspect make up for the immediate cost. Suggestions such as more advanced insulation, and more natural cooling methods have been heavily outlined in a number of literature, but energy efficiency must be a more holistic process. A net zero emission building an hour away from the nearest city will ultimately provide less benefit than the less efficient building along major transit routes.

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