and following the laws of nature
easiest and most efficient way to ease the pressure
on the ecosystem is to reduce needless resource
consumption at the end-user level. The impact is
100% upstream in the system. Thereafter, the task
is to strive for more efficient use of the necessary
resources. The efficiency of contemporary resource
use is often as low as a few percent and the balance
is waste. Lower resource consumption, in material
and energy flows, plus more efficient use of our
resources is ecologically as well as economically
Even if we avoid unnecessary consumption and use
our resources more efficiently we will continue
to require large volumes of energy and material.
All natural cycles are closed, i.e. there is no
waste. Therefore, to the greatest possible extent,
the resources we use should be renewable. All material
and energy used for the GreenZone facility are either
renewable or recyclable.
land's appearance and conditions have been important
in the planning and design of the site in Umeň.
By considering the structure of the ground it has
been possible to minimize measures such as excavation
and landfill. The natural balance of the earth and
land has been maintained as much as possible. All
green areas that were required for the facility
have been replaced elsewhere in the area, for example,
the buildings' green roofs.
OF BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
On the facility's site there are several pine trees
which initially were to be felled but the discovery
that an endangered species of beetle had its habitat
among the pines resulted in the trees being left
standing. An oak tree has been transplanted, a major
undertaking, the results of which remain to be seen.
By taking both trees and insects into account the
area can retain most of its biological diversity.
Furthermore, a house that once stood on the site
hasbeen moved to a lot outside Umeň and continues
to serve as a home.