Buildings Integrating Nature


Buildings that integrate nature are good for people, wildlife, and energy conservation.

Buildings that use ambient conditions for ventilation and lighting, and use plants and other features to recreate natural landscapes in courtyards, on balconies, on rooftops, and on surrounding land, improve the psychological well-being of the building occupants, help reduce energy costs through passive heating and cooling, and can provide habitats for wildlife in urban areas.


Architects Incorporate Natural Environment into Workplace. Giulia Baggio. 2000. Letting outside air into buildings improves productivity and reduces building energy consumption.

Daylighting Offers Great Opportunities. Gregory Franta & Kristine Anstead. Daylight in buildings improves health and productivity.