LEARNING ABOUT GREEN ARCHITECTURE

PUBLISHED Jul. 20, 2020

WHAT IS GREEN ARCHITECTURE?

Green architecture or sustainable construction is an approach to building in order to minimize the harmful effects of construction on the environment and human health. This kind of architecture makes an attempt to safeguard water, air and earth by choosing eco-friendly construction processes as well as the building material. Building a green home is a choice! 

Green architecture can be an amazing example of the possibility of humans living harmoniously within the environment. The opportunities exist to design energy-efficient and beautiful friendly residences. It demonstrates our human ability to adapt to a peaceful life within the ecology of the natural world. 

CRITERIA FOR GREEN ARCHITECTS

Architects and designers who claim themselves as green are likely to have standard qualifications in architectural design and practice. They might even have additional degrees to demonstrate their environmental or green knowledge. However, despite all the qualifications and promotion, the most important part remains their skills and their experience. It is one thing learning from the textbook and then working with the ecology department. But a totally different thing is listening to a client’s needs and integrating them into the main brief. This is crucial.

In addition to that, in order to be sustainable from start to end, it is necessary to make it part of the plan from the outset. Initial consultation, site visits and early designing all is a part of the intentions. If you are considering hiring an architect then you must attentively listen to his approach and check out his portfolio. More so, you could even ask them if it is possible to visit any previous projects that they have worked on in order to get the feel of their eye for work and also the environmental friendly details. Make a note of the materials, carbon footprint and how it differs from standard build. Unfortunately there can be too much green washing.

CHARACTERISTICS OF GREEN ARCHITECTURE

The prime part of a successful ‘green’ house is to make it fully sustainable. You may find the following in the green architectural design.

  • Minimal harm to natural habitat
  • Water-saving plumbing systems
  • Excellent ventilation system with minimal reliance on mechanical ventilation
  • Energy-efficient appliances and lights
  • Non-synthetic and non-toxic building materials
  • Responsibly harvested wood
  • Materials with a low carbon footprint
  • Recycled architectural salvage
  • Alternative renewable energy power sources 
  • Adaptive reuse of older buildings

A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Green design has many related concepts and names that are associated with it. The most popular one is sustainable architecture. This is extremely significant as it protects the environment and the air around us. This is beneficial for both the current generation and most importantly for the future generation. Some people emphasize the ecology and have adopted several names such as archology, eco-friendly and eco-design. However we believe that sustainable design is not a seperate field, rather it should be considered as best architectural design practice.

 

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