Eco-friendly building carries a huge amount of weight in today’s society. With concern over global warming, overcrowding and loss of natural spaces all being commonly debated issues, any advances in the field of environmentally friendly building are worthy of considerable attention. The most environmentally friendly building in the world has recently been opened in Manchester by the Queen herself; so clearly such undertakings are of great significance.
Environmentally friendly buildings can take numerous forms, and use a variety of solutions to try and solve the problems that have been plaguing house builders for decades. It may surprise you to find out how many modern buildings actually do possess hidden features that prioritise the environment, but there is always more that could be done. Here are a few of the areas that tend to be a focus for environmentally friendly builders.
Solar and Wind Power
Solar power and wind power have been the go-to buzzwords for sustainable buildings for many years, and both processes are continually being refined to increase their widespread use. Rooftop solar panels are clearly the most commonly used of these features in non-commercial building, although such panels are now being used away from their traditional rooftop location too. This article from the summer reports how solar panels have even been used in overseas stained glass windows, and wind power too is now beginning to utilise more innovative solutions. Whilst domestic wind turbines might not be as commonly used as their solar counterparts, the coming years could well begin to see them in far more frequent use.
Recycled and Sustainable Materials
Recycled or sustainable materials are another vital part of environmentally friendly building, and more and more structures are now beginning to implement such materials. These resources might take the form of second hand or reclaimed slates on a roof, a building or lodge made entirely from wood to reduce CO2 emissions, or even the huge skyscrapers in the USA that make use of both original and recycled building materials alike. These materials can be used on either the inside or outside of a building; as any action to reduce the overall carbon footprint of a structure, no matter how small it might be, is now looked on favourably.
All eco-friendly buildings can be termed as being ‘green’, but some structures now take this label even further by actually incorporating green space within the premises of a building itself. Providing a building with specific spaces to grow plants can not only reduce the overall temperature, but it can also improve oxygen levels too. Both of these benefits also remove the need for artificial cooling and ventilation units, so such a simple action as an interior garden can actually yield astonishing results. Many current projects are trying to increase green space amid the commotion of city life, so perhaps the time has also come for internal garden spaces to become more common.
Sustainable and environmentally friendly building can conform to more patterns than many people think, and just because a structure doesn’t possess a plethora of solar panels or a private wind farm doesn’t mean that it hasn’t had any environmental input. The next few years will be certain to advance the sector of environmentally minded buildings still further, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds.Read More