A study of the energy performance of two buildings with lightweight and heavyweight facades – Energy & Environmental Assessment
Research with Atelier 10 shows that Traditional buildings are more sustainable than the modernist alternative.
ADAM Architecture formed a consortium of house-builders, a planning consultant and Atelier 10, the leading environmental engineers, to provide a properly tested comparison between a largely glass-walled lightweight building and a traditional dense-walled building with punched window openings and traditional materials. The research demonstrates the clear relative benefits of the traditional building type as against the glass-wall type, and confirms what all environmental engineers know but most architects would rather ignore: that traditional buildings are the most sustainable type.
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