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What is Sustainable Architecture

With flawless water and energy efficiency methods, a sustainable building won’t cause as much damage to the environment as the standard one.

Living in the time of the biggest climate change, sustainability has become a fundamental aspect of the contemporary world. From architecture, through fashion and the food industry, all the way to cosmetics, going green is taking over slowly but surely. That brings us to Sustainable Architecture.

Using a conscious approach to energy and ecological conservation in building, sustainable architecture strives to lessen the negative influence of buildings on the environment by using only environmentally friendly techniques and materials.

The concept of green building emerged back in the 1960s and luckily, sustainable architecture managed to develop faster than any other trend nowadays.

Sustainable Architecture

The primary focus of sustainable architecture is the way in which energy will be used for the structure and whether it will be conserved effectively. This process includes making sure that the construction has perfect insulation alongside awnings and shades that will serve as passive construction coolers.

Solar energy and alternative energy are the main resources for sustainable buildings, as well as the use of recycled building materials, combined with natural ones and with the renewable energy sources. This is what makes the sustainable edifice much more affordable to build and maintain.

Not only is sustainable architecture beneficial for the environment and your budget, but also it does not require you to sacrifice any part of the building design just because you want to use natural materials. Eco-friendly buildings are actually innovative both design and style wise.

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Materials

The use of sustainable materials concerns choosing those materials that will not have a negative impact on human health, natural environment and non-renewable resources. Wood fibre plates, sisal, flax linen, rammed and baked earth, clay, sustainably harvested wood, Linoleum, Trass, sheep wool, concrete, locally obtained stone and rock, are just some of the many materials used to build sustainable buildings.

Furthermore, sustainable architecture often introduces the use of recycled materials as recycled copper and reclaimed lumber. After old buildings are demolished, if there is any good wood left, it is usually renewed and sold as flooring for some new sustainable edifice. Hardware, mantels, windows and doors are often reused as well, which significantly reduces the consumption of new goods.

Environmentally Sustainable Buildings

If you need a building for long-term use, consider constructing it with a high-quality shipping container. With a wide range of affordable and sustainable sea containers in Australia, the next edifice you build will resist any weather and still be eco-friendly. Not only are environmentally sustainable buildings meant to be built from green materials, but also they’re supposed to minimise the building’s negative environmental impact.

With flawless water and energy efficiency methods, a sustainable building won’t cause as much damage to the environment as the standard one. Thanks to double-glazed windows, window shading, roof vents that allow hot air disposal and a roof that reflects the heat, the building’s energy efficiency will be improved immensely. With a greenhouse-efficient water system, i.e. a solar hot water system, or an electric heat pump in the house, you’ll reduce the greenhouse gas emission by 80%.

Turning to eco-friendly architecture is one of the best ways to help our planet blossom again. Taking care of the environment is essential, and what better way to do it than to use renewable materials to build new cities. Fortunately, sustainable architecture is taking over more and more each day, and it’s only a matter of time when it will become the leading method of building.

Thanks to the sustainable architecture, future homes will contribute to the greenhouse gas emission reduction, and help the planet in many other ways, keeping it safe for future generations.

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Diana Smith, the author of this article, is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls.
Diana is interested in topics related to home improvement and DIY.

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