The trend of incorporating environmentally friendly components into architectural designs has grown exponentially over time.
FREMONT, CA: The trend of incorporating environmentally friendly components into architectural designs has grown exponentially over time. The advantages of green architecture are numerous, ranging from environmental protection to energy cost savings.
Here are three of the most important sustainable building trends to incorporate into your project.
In architectural designs, a greater emphasis on green, renewable energy is becoming more important. Rather than depending on conventional energy sources, more architects are searching for ways to design renewable structures that use (or generate) solar, hydro, or wind power.
New construction homes could be designed with energy conservation in mind and generate green energy to allow homeowners to save more money. Other technologies, such as interior insulation and easy timer switches for lighting control, can help reduce monthly energy usage and costs.
Modern construction materials are known to contain contaminants that are potentially toxic to humans. Homeowners are becoming more aware of the harmful effects of some products on the atmosphere and their health. Furthermore, many homeowners want to learn where their construction materials came from and their components.
As a result, when renovating or constructing new spaces, safe, sustainable building materials, such as low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints, are becoming more common and requested. These products are not only healthier, but they're more eco-sustainable, lowering the structure's carbon footprint.
Another sustainable method that is gaining traction is stormwater management. Accomplishing this by installing porous pavements to avoid flooding or incorporating filtration and water flow into a basin into landscape designs.
Such designs help avoid flooding, and even the basin system, in particular, allows homeowners to recycle and reuse most of the rainwater collected within. This water could then be helpful to irrigate the lawn or water plants.