Building design is key to saving energy, water, and reducing the risks for disaster.
There are many different ways to achieve good building design.
In building a new building many look to to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Energy efficiency and environmental design while important may not address important issues of disaster reduction.
One of the best strategies for combinging energy efficiency, environmental desgin, and disater reduction can be found in the Monolithic Dome.
The Monolithic Dome uses about 25% the energy as conventional construction, uses environmentally friendly building materials, and is unequaled in reducing disaters. FEMA rates this contstruction process as "near absolute protection" meaning that they are 100% fire proof, insect proof, tornado proof, earthquake proof and can withstand hurricane winds up to 300 mph.
The Monolithc construction is comparable to conventional construction for buildings up to 2000 square feet. Larger buidings then become exponentially more cost effective than conventional construction.
Because the buildings are build to last not decades but centuries, the mantenance costs are also less and some buildings have obtained lower insurance costs as well.
This building using monolithic construciton took a direct hit from Hurricane Ivan and yet suffered only minor damage to its staircase while buildings around it were destroyed.
The monolithic architecture and construction can also be adapted to any sustainble tourism theme as can be seen in the Xanadu Island Resort video below. Building design for sustainable tourism can be cost effective, energy efficient and be designed for disater reduction.
To learn more aboub integrative building design and how to apply to existing buildings
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City officials plan to raise West Avenue, a popular street in the South Beach area, between one and half to two feet in the upcoming years in order to better prepare for the expected sea level rise. In order to raise the road, there will have to be improvements in storm water drainage and sewage that will install more pumps to prevent flooding from rain and high tides.
The Public Works director is emphasizing that it is better to focus on raising the underground infrastructure instead of redoing... More »
The Responsibility of Environmental Quality Last Updated on 2014-10-29 10:15:51Environmental quality is the responsibility of the tourism industry, the tourist business, the tourists, the suppliers, and the developers. These entities work together to create sustainable tourism, playing a significant role and influencing each other.
The Tourism Industry
The tourism industry is the umbrella that everything else falls under. Focusing on sustainable tourism practices sets a standard for other sectors in the world to follow. The tourism industry is the fastest growing industry in the world---relatively unknown places are being visited and well known destinations are significantly increasing in popularity. The environmental quality of destinations is a reflection of the tourism industry and what it deems to be acceptable for the most part. Because this industry is growing so quickly, it has the power to shift toward being ecofriendly and sustainable on a global scale.... More »
Xanadu Resort Earns a Green GlobeLast Updated on 2013-11-30 09:23:30The Xanadu Resort in Belize was the first Monolithic Dome resort in Central America and the Caribbean when it opened in 1998. Now it can lay claim to another first. The property recently became the first Green Globe Certified Island Resort in the town of Ambergis Caye, according to The San Pedro Sun
The Green Globe program was launched at a United Nations Summit in 1992 as a way of stemming environmental degradation from the consumption of non-renewable resources. Companies that choose to participate in the program are required to measure their environmental impact, and then develop and implement strategies to reduce their impact.
Xanadu is sustainable on many levels. First there is the dome building itself, which is energy efficient. Then the owners, Ivan and Judy Sheinbaum, added a number of other environmentally friendly features such as low-flow shower heads, CLF lighting and rain... More »
Blue Community Series Part 2Last Updated on 2013-11-25 12:40:51
Dr. Reese Halter hosts Part 2 of the Blue Community Coastal Habitat & Marine Environment series that presents best practices for sustainable tourism at the Walt Disney Company. This video focuses is on Buildings, Energy, and Transportation. The video features Tammy Brister, Manager, Environmental Integration, Walt Disney World Resort.
Could a home be tornado proof?Last Updated on 2013-05-28 00:00:00
Michael Cobb is a physics professor at Southeast Missouri State University and said a monolithic dome might be the answer to surviving severe tornadoes.
He said a monolithic dome is a steel reinforced thin concrete shell structure.
Cobb said FEMA has certified the dome structure as nearly indestructible. He said it can withstand winds up to 350 miles an hour, and hold off 2x4 boards traveling at 100 miles per hour. But, as long as the structures have windows and doors they’re not completely tornado proof. He said those are the weak points when it comes to a tornado.
"A sphere distributes the forces more uniformly than any other structure, and so the forces actually get transmitted down to the foundation and the footings, and so even though these are only 4 inches thick, they're made with high density concrete, and there's no internal... More »
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