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Green Architecture

The term green architecture loosely refers to green building and green construction. The ultimate goal of taking a ‘green’ approach when building a structure, home or building is to reduce its energy needs. This is however by no means all that is included within the objectives of green architecture.

Diminishing the energy consumption and pollution is what most people consider to be green construction, but there is so much more to it;

  • With the holistic designs produced by green architects you should expect the structure to also be free of toxic plumbing systems and insulation, ventilation and construction materials.
  • The building should be able to produce more resource efficiency.
  • The recycling capacity of the structure is to be improved and easier to manage.
  • Electro-magnetic fields are to be completely eliminated from the equation.
  • Improved water systems are crucial, as with indoor air quality.
  • Indoor and outdoor integration is evident in most green homes. This enhances the production of fresh air indoors as well as contributing to a more natural aesthetical value.

In order to construct a truly green structure it would per usual include;

  • Photovoltaic
  • Wind power systems
  • Solar water heating systems
  • Thermal walls and floorsSafe paints, varnishes, adhesives and furnishings

By using environmentally friendly products and techniques architects have constructed processes to ensure that the energy needs are not only reduced but that the building can act as its own main source of energy. Sustainability is key to any green design and is framed by the pressing political and economical issues of the modern day world.

There are three main concerns that motivate the concept of green architecture;

  • Water, energy and other resources are to be used more efficiently
  • The health of the occupant is to be protected at all times
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle – reduction in waste, pollution and environmental degradation is essential

Everything we’ve illustrated in this article so far has to do with the concept and origin of green architecture. Trying to determine the actual building materials that are considered to be ‘green’ can become slightly more challenging. There is a checklist for green building products that provide you with a total of eleven questions to answers about each product. If in fact the product doesn’t comply with these questions it’s unlike to be a green product. Environmental consultants are often recruited by green architects for a more in-depth analysis of each product. Some materials go through various processes during the production stage which excretes poisonous gases into the environment and for this reason it’s often hard to know which products are in fact ‘green’.

Mr Green specializes in providing you with the proper information on which ‘green’ products to trust and which are in fact not as harmless as they are advertised to be. Green architecture is our passion, and making the world a more sustainable place to live in is our main concern. For more information on green building products and green construction processes feel free to contact us.