Environmentally friendly architecture is an increasingly large focus, and ‘Green Architecture’ is an industry buzzword that praises developments with
Selecting the right location
Architects must ensure that their proposed plans are not detrimental to local wildlife. All developments are carried out in compliance with the regulation in place to preserve habitats and numbers of protected species.
Particularly for residential developments, it is advantageous if local infrastructure is already in place. If local shops, schools and doctors’ surgeries are within walking or cycling distance, residents can be less reliant on pollutant car usage. For large scale residential developments, the capacity of local amenities must be taken into consideration.
Saving water and energy
To reduce the ongoing environmental impact of the development, measures can be taken to reduce the water and energy usage. Fixtures can be designed into the building to reduce the flow of showers or taps, reducing the volume of water used as well as lowering running costs.
For more efficient heating systems, proper wall insulation can help remediate the temperature in hot or cold weather. Well placed windows can allow for maximum use of natural light, not only reducing electricity demand but also naturally heating rooms. Geothermal heating and solar panels can also be considered as more environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional central heating.
These measures are less harmful to the environment, as well as more cost-effective for the building users in the long term.
A responsible construction process
To ensure the environment is prioritised throughout the entire process, architects must ensure they collaborate only with contracted companies who share their values. Building teams must dispose of any waste materials correctly, making sure they do not pollute waterways or the local