Social ideal vision
An ideal vision means just an ideal vision. Write down your dreams without any compromises. Try to figure out together with the client a vision in your mind’s eye of what your dream project looks like. How much space do they need? What are the expectations of how the site should be maintained? Combine living, working, leisure activities and culture in the same place. Describe a development plan taking into consideration a vision of future needs. Describe your new lifestyle of quality and responsibility for the future. Describe your settlement – your living space - which is socially, ecologically, technically, economically sustainable.
Ecological and technical ideal vision
Building material. Paint. Building methods and techniques. Electric installations. Supply of heat. Ventilation. Waste water treatment (grey water, faeces, urine). Storm water treatment. Water supply. Heating using passive and active solar power. Cooling. Energy efficiency. Handling of waste (composting, reusing, recycling). Visible eco-cycle systems. Management. Maintenance. Food production. Co-operation between the ”eco-villagers” and the farmers. Etc.
Information about the site
- Economic ideal vision
- Investment cost.
- Financing cost.
- Annual cost.
- Life cycle cost.
- Community cost.
Before starting the planning and designing of the project you must collect information about the site. Topography, maps, information about the property, microclimate, geology, hydrology, flora and fauna, local building tradition, type of nearby village or city, styles of buildings, public transportation from the building site to the city, noise from immediate surroundings, electric power lines, telephone lines, water quality, quantity and supply, sewage and waste water treatment, waste handling, radon in the earth, electromagnetic fields and agenda 21 in the community
Summing up and realization
The final programme consists of all the above ideal visions and information about the site. When you have decided upon a final program stick to it – no changes.
In green projects you need a project manager from the first ideas until maintenance phase
The project organisation must be decided upon early in the process, with each member’s responsibilities made clear. One person should be appointed supervisor of the whole process from the outset, until the project is up and running and the houses become homes. This is important for controlling and monitoring the environmental design and the general quality of the building.