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What is sustainable architecture?

What is sustainable architecture?

What's the deal with sustainable architecture? Since the concept of “green building” emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, sustainable architecture has become one of the fastest growing architectural trends in the green world today. The idea behind sustainable architecture is to use only environmentally friendly techniques and materials during the construction process. It also seeks to minimize the negative impact of buildings through efficient energy consumption and development space.

Sustainable architecture

During the 1960s and 1970s, the construction industry often used materials or methods that caused damage or destruction to their environment. Due to this negative impact, individuals and groups took initiatives to promote greener types of construction. Sustainable architecture was born from these initiatives.

Architecture companies that design sustainable buildings, such as SH Architecture, often use natural and renewable resources such as concrete, harvested wood and rock, as well as recycled materials such as glass and wood. They can also reuse architectural components from other buildings, including doors, windows, and floors in the structure. However, sustainable architecture involves much more than the materials used.

Renewable energy

Sustainable architecture is also mainly focused on how energy will be used for the structure and how to conserve it effectively. This process involves ensuring that the building has excellent insulation and the use of blinds and awnings as passive building coolers. Sustainable buildings often also rely heavily on solar energy or other alternative energy sources. Furthermore, the use of natural and recycled building materials combined with renewable energy sources generally makes sustainable buildings much cheaper to build and maintain.

In addition to the environmental benefits and cost savings, one of the biggest benefits of sustainable architecture is that style and design should not be compromised by the emphasis on natural materials and energy conservation. In fact, sustainable architecture emphasizes not only style and design, but also innovation. This has led to many sustainable buildings being known for their impressive looks.

As you can see, sustainable architecture not only offers an eco-friendly alternative to traditional building techniques, but also adds energy efficiency and superior style. There is no doubt that sustainable architecture is the way of the future and will prevail as concern for the environment grows.

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Video: Cal-Earths Sustainable Architecture (October 2020).