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Why is Sustainable Architecture Becoming More Popular?

By Douglas Subscribe to RSS | August 7th 2012 | Views:
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Most cities in the world now have a considerable collection of new building designs that are environment friendly. A basic reason for this is that, many people are becoming conscious of the environment, and industries are responding to challenges of environmental degradation. An in depth analysis show that the growth in popularity of sustainable architecture because of the following reasons.

1. Increased presence of sustainable building materials

Recycling industries have promoted the marketing of recycled products and increased their availability for use in construction. Organizations and state continue to fund research into sustainable materials for building, which reduce energy consumption and waste. Appropriate laws also encourage new structures to use these materials to qualify for benefits or keep off punitive taxes.

Sustainable architecture has also thrived because states now include a variety of alternative building materials into their building codes. Thus, architects have a leeway to experiment and expand the forms of sustainability.

2. New information is shifting consumer preferences

The 21st century continues to witness an increase in the number of scientists and environmentalists who are questioning the status quo of building structures. Through published material, students are learning more about sustainable architecture than in the previous decades. Moreover, they head on to implement the novel designs. To catch up, training institutions are changing their curriculum to accommodate new thoughts and this perpetuates throughout the architectural industry.

3. Cost conscious consumers

Other than mimicking nature for its beauty, architects and homeowners are also looking to cut costs of running homes. Northern beach architects are using readily available natural materials to build; this reduces the destruction of the environment and leaves homeowners with a manageable energy bill. The energy crisis all over the world has led to the promotion and innovation of ways to reduce consumption.

4. The spread of oriental philosophies

The western world continues to embrace eastern philosophies, religions and lifestyles, and further leads to a transformation in the thought as well as decision-making process of individuals. Company owners and managers who have thus been influenced, institute changes in their management styles and extend their preferences on the organization. Eventually, cultural barriers on the composition of homes begin to change to reflect the newly acquired beliefs.

Architectural firms now serve customers who what a holistic feels to their houses. Rooms are brighter while partitioning walls are kept at a minimum. The human environment has also gained prominence in architectural considerations. Home design reflects the lifestyles of their inhabitants as well as their spirituality, which tends to correspond to nature.

5. Advocates for sustainable living

New urbanites continue to favor open spaces and context-appropriate architectures. Policymakers agreeing with this development support sustainable architecture especially for redevelopment and efficient use of resources.

Many organizations, interest groups, governments and scholars keep promoting sustainable architecture using awards, competitions and workshops. World bodies such as the Union of International Architects hold international conferences to call for the development of sustainable community solutions.

The global warming crisis has also increased the pressure on architecture to embrace sustainable designs. This has seen the creation of living roofs, which are covered with plants. On the other hand, lack of land for agriculture in populated areas like Tokyo and Hong Kong has been a key driver for innovative architecture. New building designs now embrace storey gardens in urban areas.

Douglas - About Author:
For our recent construction project we found these Northern Beaches Architects during our search. They specialised in sustainable architect design and we thought it would be perfect for what we were trying to achieve.

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