In order for me to understand sustainability

In order for me to understand sustainability, in the eco-technic logic I’ve selected to study the Council House 2 building (CH2), situated in Melbourne, Australia as the focus of my essay. I will elaborate more on specific techniques used as well as the ideas behind the sustainable design that the building utilizes and the conclusions thereof. ┬áSome specific thoughts regarding such results are the cost and gain of sustainable practices in terms of money, and, furthermore, in terms of its occupants In researching Council House 2, I found that it is arguably one of the most sustainable buildings in Australia, if not the world in its entirety. I’ve found that it’s method of having attained that status is surprisingly simple, based on bio mimicry* in its design, CH2 has managed to earn a six-star energy rating, the highest possible in Australia and a rough equivalent to LEED platinum.
(biomimicry: it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like mimicking naturally occurring phenomenon or systems.)
Mick pearce, one of the lead designers of ch2, is no stranger to biomimicry, having “based his entire professional career on creating buildings that take their fundamental design thinking directly from nature (dagnino).” Because of this philosophy, much of the building remains largely simple, requiring no ground-breaking innovations in engineering or mechanics (save perhaps for the phase change plant that serves to further amplify the building’s built-in cooling designs). The design is passive in its approach to energy, often not needing to the tap into the phase change plant system until late in the day.
The final design ends up being a very admirable sustainable design model: designing not only just for the natural environment, but for the people living and/or working inside.
To begin to understand the systems in place, one has to understand that the sun is both a friend and a foe. Solar heat gain would be fantastic if it only happened in the cold. In the summer, however, our perceptions of solar heat gain change dramatically.