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Many of the earliest examples of architecture responded to both site and climate, incorporating natural ‘passive’ climate control strategies. With the advent of cheap energy and advances in environmental control, designers were able to decouple building designs from the external environment, making them increasingly energy dependent. In this article, Pablo La Roche outlines his approach to rethinking the future of sustainable design.

According to La Roche, all buildings should be designed to be carbon neutral. To achieve this, they should be designed to high-performance efficiency standards and generate and/or procure enough renewable energy to offset emissions from other sources. La Roche proposes a three-pronged approach to the design of carbon neutral buildings through 1) practice, 2) education and 3) research.

Read more in the full article for DesignIntelligence here.