Reducing Environmental Impact
A lot of people are concerned with being environmentally friendly when building their home projects. There are many ways that you can reduce your environmental impact and go for a more sustainable design. With todays technology it has become even easier. What are some ways to reduce the environmental impact with your architectural project?
Reducing The Impact
Your architect is the person you should go to regarding any questions you may have. The first consultation is the perfect place to mention your want for sustainable architecture. There are many ways to incorporate environmentally friendly elements into your projects design.
Here are some ways to reduce the impact:
Improving your homes insulation can be extremely helpful. By having good insulation, you aren’t wasting energy heating and cooling your home all day. It can also lower greenhouse gas emissions.
-Passive solar design
Passive solar design performs an analysis on the site paying attention to the climate of the area. This design is centered around windows, walls, and floors collecting, storing, reflecting, and distributing solar energy. During the winter, this design provides heat while during the Summer it reflects the heat.
-Renewable energy sources
Renewable energy sources are natural energy sources. They’re energy that has been generated through a natural process such as, sunlight, wind, tides, water, etc. These sources are great to incorporate into green building design.
-Low-E coating glass
Using glass with e-coatings can help reduce the need to run air conditioning all day due to its heat reflective properties. This will allow for natural sunlight to be the main source of light for a home or building throughout the day.
-Recycled building materials
Incorporating recycled building materials in your project is a great way to reduce your environmental impact. A lot of these materials either rot away or are thrown into a waste land. Recycled materials can also make for a unique look in your home.
Have you ever considered how the changing seasons affect light and the way it interacts with your home? Be aware of your projects site and its conditions and how you can use nature or natural light in the design of your project. The top two illustrations show how a deciduous tree can offer shade in the summer and warmth in the winter by blocking or allowing light to pass through it and into the home via a window. The lower illustrations describe alternate methods for getting results that are similar using parts of the building. There is so much to think about when considering design, light, and the natural order of design.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Development is a rigorous certification process that dictates how a project is built, what materials to use, and the total cradle to grave lifecycle cost/effect of a given product. This certification can be used for all project types. Learn more here, https://new.usgbc.org/leed.
Sustainable design for your architectural project is a great route to go. Not only are you creating a beautiful home, remodel, or commercial building, but you’re helping the environment. Environmentally friendly architecture can be very cost effective. Be sure to ask your architect on how you can incorporate sustainable design in your project.