The houses are traditionally timber house plans. Some of oldest houses dated from the 16th Century. These houses are now in museums which is an object of study by craftsman and builders.

The plan of the house and how it is used also remain traditional. Only the kitchen and sometimes the place for eating meals are modern; the other rooms, for working, sleeping and social intercourse, remain true to tradition. The floor is covered with straw mats (tatami); the family kneels at low tables to eat and drink, and they sleep on the floor as from time immemorial. <4>

Thus living in the Japanese style broadly implies adherence to tradition, just as we would do if we dwelt in modified chalets in our central European cities. The architect, as a ‘creative’ designer, has no part to play in the traditional housing of Japan. The craftsman designs the house according to ancient traditional rules, as was the case for centuries in our mountain valleys.

The Design of The Traditional Japanese House
The Traditional Japanese House has view into the garden, the house is flexible , the strength  of the house and the beauty of the house is amazingly well built all together that creates a wonderful and comfortable ambiance as one enters into the The Traditional Japanese House. The comfortable feeling is what Architects try to create, a feeling that put you to ease as you are inside the home.

 a)Views into the garden

The houses are design for views in to the garden, balconies are surrounded with cuts the sun and the harsh weather in the homes. Balconies are essentially a major feature of the Japanese House.

b) Flexibility

The partition made of light material to allow flexibility of the use of room. A living room could be the dining, or even a common family area. Sliding Shoji Screens are common.

 c)Strength of structured

The structure of the timber that is used of extra strength to endure the weathering and the earthquakes that Japan is so frequently subjected too. While the structure is robust the internal materials are light weight using paper, bamboo, straw and timber.

d)Beauty

The elegance and grace of the house is aesthetically designed to bring a simplistic view of the house with little furniture which helps the mind to likewise be simple and functional in thinking and living.This helps to think straight and live straight disciplining the mind and the body.

The Japanese House Plans
As you enter into the house, the shoes are removed at the Genkan( Hall way) and slippers are worn .

 Architectural Insights
Economy and brief of material used is maintained and the use of light passing into spaces via translucent material is common.

The perfect proportions of squares are used relating to the tatami mats.

Haiku timber House
Haiku is a type of poetry, which means each poem contains seventeen syllables–frequently in the order of 5, 7, 5 syllables .The theme of haiku poetry is the relationship and interaction between nature and humankind.Haiku says that form and function are one. This philosophy was adopted by Frank Lloyd Wright. Haiku Houses have many of the features of their Bungalows.It is elegant and beautiful, priceless in its inherent peace, tranquility and harmony.

The Traditional Japanese House were in many way designed for Net Zero Energy Building, firstly  the house were made of timber which was a naturally abundant and the veranda  were thermal zones which kept the heat away during the summers the smart landscaping  kept the heat  away during summer and the homes were lifted above the ground to keep the heat away from the ground which air below the floor was a good form of insulation, the interiors were made of paper which was an excellent material which insulated the interiors form gaining heat nor losing heat during winters, with respect to Green sustainability the choice of timber could never get better.

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The Challenges of Net Zero Energy Building Architect

The Challenges of the Building Architect is greatly increased as the Knowledge that an Architect should imbibe is already a difficult and a broad one.But the additional roles of the Net Zero Energy Building Architect. for now and in the future is becoming even a more arduous and a difficult journey to undertake and to become a Net Zero Energy Building Architect.

Building Architects are becoming acutely familiar with the need to produce high performance energy buildings in the Green and Sustainability certification Requirements by the certifying bodies such in LEEDs ( USGBC), GBI (Malaysia), Green Mark (Singapore), Passivehaus ( Germany) and Zero Carbon( UK)etc

There was much accolade and hue and cry when Pyramid Building in Putrajaya attained the Platinum certification of GBI, all over the world. The achievement of sustainability and low energy consumption buildings is only the beginning of a greater goal of being organically independent. (read below) In reality achieving a level of sustainability is only the tip of the ice berg.

Net Zero Pie

Energy Pie

Energy consumption can be minimized by using the principle recommended by Ashrae 98.1 and Living Challenge. Modern technology makes it possible to produce Net Zero building, it is no more a fantasy for Net Zero Energy Building Architect .This is possible for high rise building and large scale commercial developments.Read on

Net Zero Energy Building Architect should be able to meet the challenges the climatic situation poses, as necessity is the mother of invention. Architects now have found relevance in the world with sciences and not merely delve in the realms of creative and artistic world.

 

Net Zero Energy Building Architect

Net Zero Energy Building Architect knowledge should be extended to the world of Building Physics and  ought to be able to:

  1. Provide an integrated procurement system with the Net Zero consideration in place at the outset. Integrating the Net Zero component into design at the outset of schematic stages, which conventionally is never done
  2. Be familiar with the technologies that enhance the reduction of Net Zero and those qualify Energy Star Renewable energy types such as Photo voltaic systems. Solar thermal systems. Wind turbines, biomass harvesting, geothermal heating and cooling systems and day light harvesting, chilled beams
  3. Familiar with Building Physics of the heat gain, the thermal heat gain, the sciences of heat (conductance, conductivity, specific heat gain, the psychometric chart of air characteristics of moist air), Heat wheel and recovery, enthalpy wheels, daylight factors, Resistivity, energy modeling, solar analysis. plug load, peak loads,
  4. Familiarity with software’s such as Ecotect, Vasari, Therm, design studio etc
  5. Familiarity with standards that govern the Net Zero Energy Building such as Ashrae Standard 90.1, Building codes established by Calgreen, IgCC, Standard 189
  6. Familiarity  with the requirements of certifying programs such as LEEDs, ( USA) GBI(Malaysia), Mark standards( Singapore).

 

renewable energy

wind turbine

The definitions of Net Zero Energy Building is defined by the NREL, read definitions The highest of the goals of NZEB is the Zero Energy Emission (Carbon) which is difficult to calculate and achieve. This goal is more difficult to achieve that Net Zero Cost.  There are many professionals that are pushing the agenda on Net Zero such as Architct MacClay, many should emulate stand and help to move this principles forward.However the our future with Green sustainability and Net Zero is not enough, we need to be ecologically well balance, ecological biodiversity integrated benignly and furthermore for our survival be organically dependent( read below)

 

The Future with organic dependence

The future for Net Zero Energy Building Architect will depend on how we look to nature and learn the bio metric of nature which does not waste, where waste is reused by others ecological systems.The forest does not need manure, pesticide or insecticide neither watering for survival. They are organic and independent from the external sources for survival. The Forest is organically independent. I wish to coin the term organically dependent

This goal is to be organically dependent of the utilities provided by the National Utility providers for electricity, water and waste disposal etc.

As much as the US should be minimizing the dependence of oil from the Middle East, so should we be in every aspect of maintain and achieve independence to outside sources.Imagine we had a Tsunami as in Japan, our total dependence on the Utility companies can pose a great danger, if the Tsunami was worst than it did, Japan may have been wiped out the world power.

Our long term survival depends on our independence from the external sources. This principle is greater than the sustainability of building which is a trend through out the world.

For one to be organically independent the following should be considered:

  • Energy consumption should be produced economically at the site or building. which we have defined as Net Zero Energy Building.
  • Waste should be saved form the rain harvested at the site and reserved at the site for use where water is not supplied form external supplies. Options such as pumping from underground wells should be considered as a last fall back on reserves when water in the store runs out. Rainwater can be stored underground using Biosvale storage systems.
  • Waste water disposal should be recycled for reuse at the site. Portable water for drinking and use at the site should be harvested at the site.
  • Sewerage waste should be processed at the site and reused for vegetation.

 

Prepared by Net Zero Energy Building Architect Perumal Nagapushnam

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What do Architects do?

Architects are designers of buildings and creators of spaces. The spaces are designed for a purpose, which is referred to as function of the spaces. This may sound simple and enjoyable but can become more laborious and burdensome as the details of the design are thought through. Eventually the whole experience of designing can be a wonderful experience of joy and satisfaction as he sees the end results and the realization and actualization of his creativity. The designing also involves knowledge of technology of construction, selection of materials to create the right effect he is trying to create. He may use advantageously the effects of light, sounds, and other effects to create a space with a certain type of experience he wants the people to feel as they come into this space. The intrinsic ability to design is some times inherent but with others it can be developed with time and practice.

 

He is employed by a land owner who may want the Architect to design a building in his plot; the Owner may limit the design with a budget which the Architect will design with in. There may be other parameters that limits the design such as local authorities requirements, building codes , the soil conditions, neighboring vistas, views, wind directions, smells( in a sense of adversely from the neighboring drains, septic tanks).

In my opinion the Architects more often than not specialized into areas of specializations such as- Design Architects, Project Architects, Design Architect, Bungalow Architects, and Timber building Architects, Paper Architects, Shopping center specialist Architect, Interior designing Architects, Landscape Architects, and Hospital Architects , Residential Architects, Hotels Architects, Commercial Office Tower building Architects, Residential Architects, Architect Planners or Architect Arbitrators.

 

What does a Project Architects do?

He is the Architect that manages a team of office staff consisting of Resident Architect , Design Architect and a team of draftsman and he ensure the project is managed contractually ( contract administration. This position is normally used for projects of a large scale.

He reports to the Owners of the building ( or a Project Management Team)-on the overall progress of works and manages changes that occurs which may arise from time to time.. He also manages the consultant teams of Civil & Structural Engineers, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Urban Town Planner, the Cost consultants( Called the QS), and Landscape Architect, Interior Designers, Specialist Consultants such as –Acoustic consultants, Lighting consultants, Façade consultants and Green Sustainability, Net Zero Energy Consultants and Ecologist. The contractor reports to him on the progress regularly.

Greening the site ,Green Architect

Greening the site ,
Green Architect

What does a Green  Architect do ?

What does a Green Project Architect do?
A Green Project Architect utilized the means of Total Integrated Delivery Process in achieving a Green and Sustainability designs, It is centered in 5 core areas of Green and sustainability which are:
a) Energy Efficiency
b)Water Harvesting
c)Air Quality
d)Green Planning and Monitoring
e) Innovations
The word Green does not mean Green colored building or having Green landscaping  on the building. In actuality the Green Movement has forgotten the benefits of Greening the buildings. Read on the benefits.

As an off shot of the Green and sustainability movement, a new breed of Architect was created the Net Zero Energy Building Architect . Net Zero Energy Building Architect establishes the goals of Net Zero Energy consumption .

Net Zero Energy Building Architect  establishes the  bench marks of energy levels at the outset of the projects inception and maintains the benchmark of energy through out the project delivery at the documentation stages and completion of construction and until  the maintenance stages.The actual results are monitored and maintained .The Net Zero consultants are engaged through out the job.The Project Architect will coordinate them which is not done so in the Traditional Procurement  System.