It is becoming more and more evident that rapid urbanisation is putting a huge burden on environment, gradually making our built environment less sustainable in the long run. Which is why sustainability design is rising in prominence. Each year, sustainable design trends are leading architects and designers to take extra care and make great-looking buildings that are also friendlier to the environment. Sustainability adds more value for a building’s local environment as well as its occupants. This puts the onus on the world of construction where even the best practices are being constantly refined. These are some of the emerging areas of sustainable construction that are worthy of note:
Passive Building Design
Structures that are designed to distribute energy from the sun’s heat in winter and dismiss the heat in summer follow the principles of passive building design, as it doesn’t necessitate the use of electrical or mechanical devices for heating and cooling. It harnesses the features of the climatic conditions in the area and features like the orientation, size and designs of windows and shading are used to create a space that doesn’t require auxiliary heating and cooling mechanisms.
A biophilic design approach is helpful in more ways than one- it allows occupants to connect with nature, is sustainable, has incredible health benefits and reflects well on economy too. Aspects of biophilic design may include direct and indirect experiences with nature as well as an experience of space and place in the cityscape. Increasing numbers of firms and builders are adopting biophilic designs in their personal and professional spaces which is a shift in the positive direction.
The multi-purpose nature of green infrastructure is an efficient way to manage spaces. Strategically planned sustainable design ensures well-being of citizens while ensuring environmentally friendly aesthetic design.
Water Conservation Building Designs
In an effort to create energy efficient buildings, the role of water-saving initiatives cannot be overlooked. Strategies when it comes to plumbing design create effective solutions in line with water conservation ideologies. The resultant lower bills is a direct effect of the controlled reduction in consumption of water.
Smart buildings are the future of commercial and private sustainable design. Right from security using smart technology to lighting controls, these spaces have opened up a whole new path to approaching sustainable design.
Not just these trends, but these career prospects are also worth noting for those who want to make a career in sustainable design engineering:
A Sustainable Design Engineer may be recruited in either a corporate, private or healthcare firm to deliver innovative design solutions keeping in line with sustainability practices. With their strong background in engineering, they can design structures leaving a low carbon footprint which translates to environmentally-friendly design.
The duties of a climate change analyst include researching climate change as a phenomenon and communicating findings by drafting well-communicated research papers, promoting climate change initiatives at a governmental level and generating a public interest in the cause. They may also be required to secure funding for environmental management programmes towards achieving sustainable development.
Specialising in either business or residential spaces, energy consultants investigate, comprehend and oversee the installment of renewable energy systems. They identify gaps in the current energy systems and mitigate a shift towards sustainable practices.