Is Sustainable Architecture the Future?

Ever since the concept of green and sustainable architecture was introduced, there have been many “non-believers”. These people thought that sustainable architecture and sustainable living were just a fad like whale-spout ponytails or bell-bottoms.

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Fortunately, they were very wrong. Sustainable architecture became popular during the environmental movement in the 1960s and ‘70s, and it’s even more popular now, sixty years later. In fact, now it’s probably more popular than ever.

What is sustainable architecture about?

It’s simple, really. Sustainable architecture or green architecture is all about saving the planet while minimizing the cost of living. Environmentally sustainable buildings attempt to reduce the environmental impact of those buildings by using water-saving and energy efficient methods.

The biggest green building that’s currently being built is the Freedom Tower. The architects made sure that the building will rely on natural light, ventilation, and energy efficient lighting. As you can see, even a big building can be energy efficient thanks to new materials, technologies and concepts falling into place at the same time.

Why is green good?

Green buildings save money, that’s already been said. What’s also great about them is that they have numerous less obvious economic and health benefits. The use of natural light in offices can lead to a surge in productivity, and it can reduce the amount of stress and illnesses.

Sustainable and well-illuminated buildings can also make the shoppers more inclined to spend their money. Studies done by The Heschong Mahone Group showed that sales were 40% higher in stores lit with skylights than in those without them.

Unfortunately, despite its benefits, green buildings are still the exception and not the rule, which will  hopefully change in the future.

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Why is sustainable architecture not the rule?

The answer to that question is rather simple. Designing sustainable buildings requires much more planning by builders, developers and architects than designing a regular building. Most companies simply don’t want to put more time and effort into their projects.

Can I have a green home?

If you’re not like most people, and you care about our planet, you can choose to build a home for yourself and your family that will be energy-efficient. This will consume a lot of your time since you’ll probably have to talk with your architects about every little detail, but it’s possible.

What you must know before dipping your toes into that water, is that constructing a sustainable home means using recycled materials and avoiding construction waste, and that also might affect the time needed for your home to be finished.

If time is of the essence, then you might opt for something exciting and different. You can build a house out of old sea containers. A large number of people in the Land Down Under choose to do exactly this because it’s eco-friendly and because it’s easy to find cheap sea containers in Australia.

By using a container to build your home you’re actually reusing around 3,500 kg worth of steel (and saving the planet at the same time), and you’ll be saving money by not spending it on traditional building materials.

The greatest thing about these types of homes is that they can actually be built off-site and brought where you want them to be!

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Do I want to live in a sustainable building?

Yes, you do. Economically, environmentally and socially sustainable buildings are the future. They’re designed and constructed in a specific way, and they offer a comfy, healthy and secure environment, which means that you simply cannot go wrong with them.

By living in a sustainable home, you’ll be both protecting your family and investing money in your future and the future of this rock that’s floating in space we like to call Earth.

To conclude, sustainable architecture is the future, and you need to be a part of it.

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