Blog

Sustainable architecture

„We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us”.

Winston Churchill

 

Ecological design

 

Sustainable architecture has as main goal to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings, mainly by energy efficiency and by the judicious choice and use of materials, of energy and development space.

Moreover, sustainable architecture features a conscious approach in terms of energy and ecological conservation in the design of the built environment. The basic idea of sustainability or ecological design is to make sure that our actions, as well as the decisions we take today, do not jeopardize the chances to a clean and normal life of future generations.

 

Sustainable energy use

 

One of the main objectives of sustainable architecture is implementing energy efficiency over the entire life cycle of one building, be it a family house, an office building, an institution, or an industrial hall.

There are different techniques to be used by architects in order to reduce the energy needs of buildings, and in the same time to increase their ability to capture or even generate their own energy.

A modern house design cannot be imagined without an efficient HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). The most important element required to achieve an efficient HVAC system, and also a very cost-effective element, is a very well insulated building. The less amount of heat required and the less energy consumed, the more efficient the building. As far as sustainable architecture is concerned, site and house orientation play a major role in achieving the HVAC efficiency.

Passive solar house designs allow buildings to “capitalize” the sun energy efficiently, without the use of any active solar mechanisms such as photovoltaic panels or solar hot water cells. This type of passive houses are designed as to incorporate materials with high thermal mass that retain heat efficiently and exceptional insulation that helps preventing heat escape.

In the section of modern houses on our portal you can see a lot of house designs featuring large and numerous glazed surfaces. Their main role is to maximize the input of heat-creating natural light, and in the same time to minimize the loss of heat, since the glass is a poor insulator.

Comments (0)

Leave a comment