The current global warming effects from ozone depletion to carbon gas emissions have made scientists, architects and world leaders, in seeking new modalities to curb the vice; that seem to threaten lives of many and that of future generations. Currently, the modern architectural designs; adopted by architects, focus of environmental sustainability mechanisms unlike the ancient ones.
Building environmental sensitive houses does not create any harm, be it to the client or the owner. In fact, the design of green architectural homes reduces any operating costs associated with it and on the other hand, it results into lesser environmental impact. Just like the shift from traditional agriculture to environmental friendly biotechnology, architects are busy designing sustainable homes geared towards a sustainable industry. For example, traditional homes seem to cause heating up of buildings hence, environmental degradation. Furthermore, these houses involve high costs of construction. Perhaps, the reason why many people prefer green buildings nowadays is that, they have less construction costs.
Under the current global economic downturn together with an emphatic energy crisis, people cannot afford to build expensive homes. Therefore, it is apparent that, any future architectural designs especially homes-must address energy conservation and liquid clarity concerning low maintenance costs. (Zander Para.
On of the modules towards the future of green technologies in architectural industry is sustainable architecture. Sustainable architecture addresses environmental risks associated with the incessant construction of traditional buildings. It simply implies enhanced functionalities, more savings and reliance on energy, mutually in civil workings and in residential constructions. For example, according to U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), green technologies in architectural industries promote environmental conservation through proper waste management and less consumer costs. Additionally, these houses have balconies and backyards for urban gardens consequently, more food production. Future green technologies in architectural designs will comprise of new architectural mechanisms, which is simply a combination of prehistoric and industrial routines.
These techniques will for example, see setting up of photovoltaic gadgets to produce electricity and fixation of solar thermal collectors to heat water instead of burning charcoal which is riskier to the environment. In addition to this, architects use simply available materials for these future green technologies of architectural designs. Materials like coked earth, bamboo, recycled stone, recyclable metal and plastic components not only are they sustainable and less toxic, but also, durable, cheap and save energy loss. (Fair Companies Para. 4-15).
Statistics collected by American Institute of Architects indicate that, buildings with greenhouses emit more gases than other economic sectors like transport and energy. However, future green technologies will see architectural designs economical in terms of water, energy and cost of materials hence, less-toxic and healthier homes.
Ancient buildings do not really show environmental conservation techniques. Nevertheless, architects can modify these buildings using new and environmental friendly materials without necessarily demolishing them, for green revolution in future architectural designs. Future architectural designs will also provide a platform of observing climatic conditions using natural resources like rain, wind and sun to achieve environmental safety. This is bioclimatic architecture where, energy use is not dominant; it preserves combustion and emissions. For example, cross ventilation of ancient buildings create variations in room temperature and pressure. Nevertheless, bioclimatic architectural designs can change this effect to a better one. Another example is that of greenhouses.
Currently, exterior windows with vertical shutters help in preventing greenhouse gas emissions in summer hence, fastidious air conditioning parameters. (Fair Companies Para. 20-33). In conclusion, future green technologies in architectural industries will see an industry driven towards environmental conservation via green technologies in architectural designs and constructions. Notably, ancient buildings have in one way or another, contributed to environmental degradation. It is therefore up to architects to make designs that prop up thermal reassurance, waste management and generally observe sustainability to climatic conditions.
Fair Companies. The Future of Green Architecture.
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