“Green” or a sustainable building has never been more popular than it is today. Sustainable design involves creating buildings that meet the need to reduce the human impact on ecological systems.
Green building trends focus on eco-friendly building practices and materials. While a single green building practice delivers benefits, a comprehensive green building strategy can result in the building having lower energy cost throughout its life.
Eco-friendly buildings reduce the amount of resources needed to maintain structures and promote greater efficiencies
According to architect Frank Gehry, there’s a lot of buildings being built with sustainability focus, but they’re not nice to be occupied in. Buildings, therefore, will need to have some sense of value, so an eco-friendly building also has to be user friendly.
Due to the shift in culture, architects are beginning to integrate passive energy systems that allow for more comfortable experiences so as to help people enjoy their built environment space.
Passive Energy System Solutions
To save energy, a number of features can be implemented such as energy efficient heating and air conditioning systems, water fixtures, and eco-friendly recycled materials (drywall and vinyl). Rather than solid hardwood, architects can opt for engineered hardwood instead. Engineered hardwood not only offers better eco-friendly results, but is considered as a natural resource.
Eco-friendly trends we see on the rise include humidifiers, air cleaners and heat recovery ventilators to improve indoor air quality. These following trends are able to create healthier living and give homes more energy efficiency.