Trends in sustainable architecturePublished on 2022-04-25
All over the world, the acceleration of climate change due to CO2 emissions is starting to have a direct impact on people’s lives, and buildings generate almost 40% of global, annual CO2 emissions. This means that transforming the building industry is one of the greatest global challenges to reducing CO2 emissions. Fortunately, there are several strong trends in sustainable architecture that will help reduce the carbon footprint of the building and construction industry.
- Sustainable comfort
- Biophilic architecture
- Green buildings in 3D
- Documented sustainability
- Net zero buildings
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During the Covid-19 pandemic, people have spent more time at home and indoors than ever. Things like sound insulation, temperature control, and air quality become greater concerns when you spend a lot of time inside. But rather than seeking quick solutions to improve comfort, the trend is to think long-term and consider the environmental impact. You can make many smart and green choices without compromising on comfort, for example:
1. adequate INSULATION
For existing buildings and new-builds alike, good insulation is key. Although this is a well-known fact, it cannot be repeated enough, because well-insulated walls and windows have so many benefits: optimised temperature control, reduced noise, minimised energy loss, and lower energy costs, just to name a few.
2. NATURAL VENTILATION
Natural ventilation improves indoor air quality, reduces CO2 emissions, and is cost-efficient, as it uses the temperature difference between the inside and outside and/or natural wind, to move the air through a building and create a healthier indoor environment. Trickle vents installed on the windows and doors offer a great solution to introduce fresh air and lead stale air out without using any energy.
3. WATER-SAVING EQUIPMENT
Water efficiency is a strong trend among homeowners, but something which is surprisingly often overlooked in commercial and public buildings. Investing in water-saving machinery, toilets, and bathroom equipment, collecting and recycling rainwater and greywater will help increase water efficiency. Installing a water descaler or a water softener system will make pipes, plumbing, and all water-based machinery last longer, saving both energy and money.
4. ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Always check the energy efficiency of any machinery or appliance that you source for your project. Choose your appliances and larger equipment, such as industrial dishwashers or lifts, carefully. There are often alternatives that are more sustainable than others, like the Kalea Kosmos platform lift series, equipped with EcoSilent drive.
Platform lift Kalea Kosmos comes with EcoSilent drive as standard and carries Energy Label A.
Although its name was coined as late as in the 1980’s, indicators of biophilic architecture have been observed from as far back as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Today, biophilic design has grown to become one of the most visually striking trends in sustainable architecture. Biophilic design can be described as an architectural framework introducing organic materials, patterns and shapes, natural light, or greenery into a built environment to create a sense of connection between people and nature. However, biophilic design is not only visually appealing but can also contribute to reducing carbon emissions in urban environments.
Incorporating plant life in architectural design is one of the pillars of biophilic designs. Green roofs as well as interior and exterior green walls not only make buildings look more attractive but also help reduce the CO2 levels in the air.
Integrating more greenery and parks with the urban landscape will make our cities more sustainable and resilient. Flowers and vegetation attract pollinating insects and promote urban biodiversity, while green areas, where the ground is not covered with asphalt or concrete, allow rainwater to be absorbed, thus reducing the risk of flooding.
The use of wood has become an increasingly strong trend in biophilic design over the past decade. Nowadays, wood is used to construct buildings of all sizes and the popularity of the material is not only due to its functional qualities. Wood has a much lighter carbon footprint than concrete or steel. In addition, the natural look and texture of wood also seem to have soothing physiological and psychological effects that promote human well-being.