A Countrywide At Home TV program on building greener homes made some interesting comments about basic principles for sustainable development:
Principle 1: Make no undue impact on the environment.
Principle 2: Use only sustainably manufactured or processed products.
Principle 3: Be energy efficient.
Australian Institute of Architects) Environmental Policy
Looking through some back issues of Architecture Australia, specifically September / October 1994, I chanced upon an introduction to the RAIA Environmental Policy, which states;-
Principle 1: Maintain and restore biodiversity.
Principle 2: Minimise the consumption of resources.
Principle 3: Minimise pollution of air, soil and water.
Principle 4: Maintain health, safety and comfort of building users.
Principle 5: Raise awareness of environmental issues.
So come on New Zealand Architects: What about some strategic planning for the design of ecologically sound and healthy buildings?