Green Architecture - What Makes a Building a Green Building ?
The field of design and architecture is witnessing a new phase with immense increase in enthralling interior design trends, client's understanding and willingness for a better standard of living which also inspires architects and interior designers to create a new experience with each design. There has been a rise in construction industry owing to large builder flats coming up, increasing population and increasing needs for more residences and offices. Growth in residential architecture and infrastructural development is encouraging for the progress of the industry as well as the country. However as a team of architects in Delhi we feel responsible for loss of green spaces, the green cover owing to increasing high rise structures. As a part of industry we share some responsibility towards our nature and Mother Earth which is being disturbed in a lot many ways than anyone can think of. This is where the need for green architecture rises. Green architecture is an extended branch of architecture which focusses on construction techniques and methods that wouldn't cause any harm to our environment. There are green architecture bodies in Indian who have listed down a few specifications that can make a building a green building. Let's have a look at a few techniques that we as architects and interior designer along with our clients can introduce in our homes and offices to achieve an environmental friendly design.
1. Cavity Wall
As an architecture firm in Delhi we believe that first and foremost requirement of a green building is thermal insulation. A country like India is subjected to extreme climate. Internal temperature in the building rises up so much that we tend to make extensive use of air cons which means increasing use of electric power. This is where thermal insulation comes into question. For the process of maintaining an optimum temperature inside the building a cavity wall is build in between the outer and inner brick wall. A cavity wall is build with insulating material which in turns help in maintaining an optimum temperature inside the building.
2. Low E Glaze Glasses
Another architectural technique for green architecture is using Low E Glaze windows where the windows are made of glass which has a low e glaze layer. This layer reflects heat rays outside the building during the summers and and traps winter heat inside the building during cold months. This is another helpful technique to keep an optimum temperature thereby reducing electrical consumption.
3. Using construction waste
As architects we need to understand that construction waste is a total enemy of our environment and nature. Architecture waste needs to be filtered into organic and inorganic waste. Organic waste is then reused in the construction or turned into compost which is further used in landscaping.
4. Low Water Faucets
As one of the leading team of interior designers in Delhi it's our responsibility to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to build a green building. Low water faucets and cisterns are sanitary ware that helps in reducing water wastage which is again a concern for our environment.
5. Motion sensors
Saving electricity is inevitable for each one of us. We need to take measures to make each day Earth day. Motion sensors are lighting equipments which work on motion detection. These light fittings are activated only there is some motion in the room. In most cases its apt to use motion sensors in the corridors, passages at home or conference rooms in the offices. It saves unwanted consumption of electricity.