Everything is changing and architecture is no different. However, since the last couple of years, thanks to the overreaching arms of the internet and social media, this change is accelerating at an extreme pace. The things that were en vogue just last year might not be en vogue this year. Although one notices this trend much more in fashion, it is also evident in the architecture. But it doesn’t matter whether we are talking about fashion or architecture, this change hides a harsh reality behind it. Since we are changing things so quickly, we also discard things much more than we used to. Movements like green architecture are countering this very trend.
Construction of buildings was responsible for about 40-50% of the waste material in landfills, and 20-30% of the toxic gas emissions. The design and operation of a building is thus very important for the health and well-being of the occupants and the environment. Architects are realizing the importance of good design based on design principles, which can minimize the impact of construction throughout the design process, from land efficiency, sourcing of material, nature of design, building process and the future impact of the completed building. Take a look at some of the sustainable design principles which are being followed now:
Green design or green architecture is an interesting building approach that aims to minimize harmful effects on the environment and human health. We thus have green designers or architects that work to safeguard water, earth and air through choosing building materials that are eco-friendly and appropriate construction practices.
Global warming and other eminent environmental threats make us worry for our future generations. How will they survive in a world where nature will be their enemy? From this concern thousands of people have adapted a more eco-friendly lifestyle and they try to keep their carbon footprint restricted to a minimum.