Today’s architectural companies are well aware that they can have a huge impact on reducing carbon footprint and global warming.
Here’s why, and how responsible architects are addressing this major issue.
For far too many years we have been building in isolation and not taking into account environmental issues.
This is seen in the fact that the vast majority of buildings are currently consuming far more energy than they require to deliver services to occupants.
Indeed, industry estimates put figures of building consumption at 35% of generated energy and nearly double that (60%) of all electricity used.
These figures show that although initiatives to reduce global warming and carbon footprint are gathering pace, there is still lots of scope to improve the situation.
Here are 5 ways in which responsible architects are addressing environmental concerns in relation to new building projects.
Once this is understood, the architect(s) concerned can look for possible alternatives and consider resources that are more efficient than those originally tabled.
Daylight is obviously the most sustainable lighting source available, but it goes without saying that electrical lighting must always be used to complement natural light.
Environmentally conscious architects are now concentrating on building design that makes full use of daylight penetration. By doing so they are reducing the reliance on electric lighting.
In this respect, two innovative design inclusions are gaining credence: Rooftop gardens and Rain gardens.
These positive steps allow rainwater to penetrate the ground rather than simply having it run off.
While the challenge is not always an easy one, responsible architects are now looking at innovative ways to reuse on-site materials wherever possible.
The procurement of required materials for a project from quality sources close to site can have a significant impact on carbon emissions and the closer the better.
Through the reduction of material transportation distances, the carbon footprint caused by material delivery is being reduced accordingly.
Project managers and/or individuals who are tasked with new building projects need to be aware of how important it is to consider the environmental impact of the task in hand before any project work commences.
In order to complete a building project that is as environmentally friendly as possible it is strongly recommended that they liaise with an environmentally aware and astute architectural firm.
Establishing such cooperation from the pre-planning stage to project completion will ensure solid advice on ways to tackle the very real environmental issues that currently exist.
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