Green is the hottest motto today, and architecture is no exception to it. In fact, many nations have made it mandatory for all new constructions to have a green architecture. For those of you who do not know what actually green environment is, well it is a type of construction that leaves minimum or no harmful impact on the surrounding.
Some construction techniques that are making buildings greener
The sole aim of a green architect is to come up with an edifice that in no way hampers the goodness of the environment, in fact it contributes to eliminate environmental issues such as pollution, exceeding energy costs, and extinguishing natural resources.
Owing to the innovations and inventions today a wide assortment of green technologies are there at our disposal. Some of them are recent and are so great that they are ready to bring about a sea change in our lives. Let us see some very efficient and impressive green technologies that are changing architecture to sustainable architecture worldwide.
1. Green Interiors
Making a new house and using toxic interior products is no good but using all green interior finishes certainly holds great value. They improve the indoor air quality and keep the dwellers well. One must check the toxicity factor of products, especially the polishes and varnish substances that we use. Go for the ones that have minimal or no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds).
2. Geothermal Heating
Geothermal heating is a process that is much more efficient and eco-friendly than the heat produced with natural gas and coal. Many people believe that during cold days this type of project is a failure but it is just a myth. The pipes are buries few feet underground so the cold weather conditions really do not come in its way. The temperature down there makes it an ideal source of energy for both winters and summers.
3. Electrochromic Smart Glass
Smart glass is a superb technology that uses a very small amount of electricity to charge the ions on the glass and govern the amount of light it reflects. Smart glass gives you a control authority that helps you control the amount of light you want inside and the amount you want to block. The glass tints during too much of sunshine and becomes transparent whenever there is not much light.
4. Zero Energy Homes
The zero here signifies the zero amounts of carbon emissions and energy consumption. Such buildings use zero percent energy, as they rely completely on renewable energies like the solar and the wind energy. Such buildings have solar panels installed, excellent insulation techniques, and rainwater harvesting systems.
5. Green Roofs
Green roofs or the cools roofs reflect more sunrays and prevent escape of cool air inside the building. This roof improves the interior temperature of the building, thus, reducing the carbon emissions, as it eliminates the use of cooling and heating appliances inside. Cool roofs are made of reflective paint, and the cool roof tiles.
6. Biodegradable Materials
Dismantling is a very important part of development, as old structures are brought down only for the new ones to take their place. The problem all this creates is the disposal of the building materials, which result in landfill sites and pollute the environment. However, this problem can be resolved if people start using biodegradable materials such as the paint, wood, glass, etc.
Green construction is taking the world by storm. This is because of the vast variety of lucrative options it offers human beings and the environment altogether. Green construction only has advantages and now many nations are making green constructions mandatory.