With the advances in science proving that humans (and their projects) have a major impact on the environment, we’ve become a more eco-conscious society. That value has made its appearance in almost every facet of our lives, from sustainable clothing to creating a better agriculture system. Of course, it has also influenced the way that we see architecture.
Sustainable architecture is not an “all or nothing” business. There are steps that you can take to assure that your new building is taking steps toward sustainability. For example, your building materials could come from recycled wood or glass. Even concrete and other stones can be repurposed in your building.
Your energy systems also have a major impact on the footprint of your building. Opting for the installation of solar panels is a great way to remain eco-conscious, while relieving some of the monetary stress for electricity bills. Making sure that your structure is well-insulated is another way to assure that you’re using as little energy as possible. A well-insulated building means that you’ll stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter without requiring the HVAC system to run constantly.
Talk to your architect about setting up composting stations as part of your structure, especially if you plan to serve food. Churches and restaurants can cut down on the environmental impact of food waste by turning their scraps into nutrient-dense fertilizer. Your architect can also help you organize sewage systems and grey water piping that can help keep your landscaping beautiful while taking less of a toll on the environment.
If you’re interested in creating a more sustainable building, make room in your budget and your blueprint for these plans. It’s cheaper and easier to create a structure from scratch that incorporates these elements than it is to install them later. Being thoughtful of your environmental impact now can save time, money, and our world later.