Cities in India are experiencing an explosive growth, both upward and sideward. The complex systems of the cities are becoming more multifaceted, posing a significant threat to the natural environment.
Although there is no one formula for making the cities vibrant and lively, to form a strategy for sustainable green living is the need of the hour.
The houses of the 21st century should become an eclectic blend of both modern and conventional architecture.
Here are the top 3 issues that design and building professionals are addressing around the world in order to reduce the detrimental effect of large scale home building.
- Construction Materials
The materials used in construction of buildings such as steel, concrete, wood etc. pose large-scale damage to the environment because of the energy and toxic chemicals used to fabricate them. Many architects are now focusing on using alternative materials that are both sustainable and energy efficient. Growing use of AAC blocks over clay bricks is one such example.
- Energy Preservation & Conservation
‘Sustainable green home’ is the new buzzword of the decade. Building professionals are now adapting the concepts of natural ventilations and shading devices to minimize environmental hazard. Low-flow toilets, on-demand water heaters, ventilated walls are few of such advancements.
- Advanced House Structures
Many architects are now designing the house in such a way that the structure itself will make the house totally energy efficient. By taking advantage of local climate and site conditions, designers are including passive solar heating and cooling and energy-efficient landscaping strategies. The ultimate motive is to reduce home energy usage as cost-effectively as possible and utilize the renewable resources of energy.
There is much more to the list and the list itself is expandable.
In this 21st century, construction industry is all about advancements starting from materials to design to structure and to sustainability.
Through thoughtful design and careful management, even the megastructures can be built in harmony with the environment.
Let us make the world a better place to live!