SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

It is important to understand that the era of sustainability is upon us. The world is evolving, fighting back through our recognition of our slowly deteriorating ecosystem. As architects, we play our part by conceiving and constructing ideological and relevant schematics that concur with the rising social consciousness. From meticulous product analysis to material selection, we seek to provide for future generations while still fulfilling the needs of the present. There are myriad standing examples around the world of buildings that are congruent to sustainability. Governments are beginning to enforce standards and requirements in order to keep the ignorant in check.
Essentially, Sustainable Agriculture is minimization of the negative impacts associated with buildings, waste management, energy usage etc. It advocates efficient use of resources and scorns unethical and indiscriminate utilization. It would be puerile for us think that continued industrialization and strain on natural resources would yield continued favorable results. Sustainability ensures calculated methodology. Architects must remember to always propitiate society whilst keeping their designs sustainably inclined for it they who will ultimately become the final consumers. Such a balance must always be maintained because aesthetically pleasing construction may in the end, present to me a minatory intrusion into sustainable development. Oftentimes, architects are too concerned with the day to day affairs of their firms, that the mere idea of sustainable architecture is discussed flippantly.
Throughout the life cycle of a building, the goal of energy efficiency remains paramount. Architects must design cost effective heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems that maintain sustainable standards. Pollution must be negated through competent disposal schemes and accomplished by close consultation with ecological authorities. Temperature control presents to be of equal importance for the comfort of the residents through high thermal mass masonry and the strategic planting of trees near the building. Especially in countries with temperature extremes, heating and cooling systems become a core concern as they present to be sizable energy drains. Renewable energy also has a significant part to play. Solar panels to harness solar energy from the sun and Wind turbine usage to generate electricity are the most popular applications of eco-friendly technology in buildings. The increasing shift to renewable energy releases the strain of dependence on fossil fuels giving them time to regenerate. Therefore, when a building is well insulated, is conducive with the forces of nature and utilizes renewable energy it can be deemed sustainably sound.

With all the changes occurring around us, we cannot afford to be reticent. Assertive steps must be taken towards a sustainable future wherein stalwart buildings stand in harmony with the ecosystem. Ignorance and apathy will have malignant effects on our way of life. Steadfast sustainable architecture is effective ammunition against a future of eco-dilapidation.

Article by: Leander Nathan Dias