New Developments in Environmentally-Friendly Buildings

PUBLISHED Nov. 20, 2019

The world is facing challenging times due to climate change. Many countries around the world have adopted environmentally friendly techniques including efficient recycling processes, use of renewable energy, using sustainable materials and site specific ways to reduce the effects of global warming.

As the construction in major urban locations is on the rise, especially in developing countries, the need for sustainable buildings is essential. The approaches to these type of buildings are resource-efficient throughout their life cycle, throughout the processes of construction, operation, design, maintenance, renovation, and ultimate demolition. Environmental buildings, also known as green buildings, should not be seen as just a trend, its about making it an accepted aspect of architecture and a way for developers to understand that this is the most efficient way for long term business and the only route to save the future of urbanization.

Read through this article as Inspiral Architects always seek to push the boundaries in green building best architects in Bali, throws light on the new developments in environmentally-friendly buildings.

Goals of Environmentally-Friendly Buildings

Many advanced environmentally-friendly building techniques are proposed and tested every year, the majority of them share common objectives for decreasing their overall impact on nature and human health. Eco-friendly buildings should have the following characteristics:

  • Efficiently make use of water, air, and various other resources
  • Improve productivity and protect human health
  • Reduce waste and pollution
  • Save operational costs and money
  • Feature a user experience that informs green design

Environmentally-Friendly Building Techniques

As nearly half of a building’s energy is wasted through heating and cooling processes to regulate temperature, it is therefore massively important for energy-efficient insulation to protect from external temperatures while also designing in a way to stop the bridging of heat and avoid air gaps and stop drafts. High-efficiency windows, thick exterior walls, and caulked gaps should be worked on. Energy Star products should be considered by the builders to save energy; it includes cooling, heating, appliances, water heaters, and light fixtures.

Whenever possible, buildings should use recycled plastics and reclaimed lumber. Builders should also choose materials that have long life spans, so they don’t need to be replaced or thrown away for many years. Permeable materials should be used to design the exterior spaces around the buildings to ensure rainwater soak into native plants, and water can be conserved with water-saver faucets and low-flow toilets. In this aspect, water can also be collected from roofs, and other exposed surfaces and be reused within the building infrastructure.

Cutting-Edge New Building Materials

The modern trends in environmentally-friendly buildings use materials that perform well and or have a low carbon footprint in its make up. The initial costs of the materials may sometimes be increased, but the architectural experts insist that using energy-efficient materials like these will lead to substantial reduced costs over time. Some examples would be:

  • Recycled steel
  • Insulated concrete forms
  • Plant-based polyurethane rigid foam
  • Straw bales
  • Cool, reflective roofing
  • Structurally insulated panels
  • Recycled wood
  • Plastic composite lumber
  • Low-E (emissivity) windows
  • Vacuum insulation panels
  • Locally sourced materials

Assessment and Regulation

Since environmentally-friendly building concepts are getting increased attention, many regulatory organizations around the world have developed standards, rating systems, and codes for buildings. In a few regions, codes are especially written for the local governments so they can use them as laws to reduce environmental impact.

Our team of architects are always working to build more environmental friendly designs that last for generations to come. We are always happy to dedicate our time to ensure best practice in this field.

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