Architectural Insights on Green Buildings Promoting Sustainability
The way things are changing in our environment, is very concerning. The effects of global warming along with earthquakes, decrease in biodiversity, ocean pollution, and so much more. There are many voluntary certifications that helps architects, designers and construction engineers to develop sustainable residential and commercial buildings. It involves the use of recycled, biodegradable and eco-friendly materials for construction. Some popular renewable sources are like solar power, wind, and water. Rainwater harvesting is done to conserve water. Terrace gardens and green roof systems are excellent ways to reduce pollution, keep the building cooler and protect the roof from harmful UV rays. Buildings that have access to natural sunlight, thereby reducing the use of artificial lighting, reduces the consumption of energy. Planting trees and plants, installation of natural springs, bird feeders are a few ways to promote sustainability in the building complex and reduce pollution simultaneously. Check out these buildings that are excelling in keeping it sustainable:
- World Trade Center, Bahrain:
This high-rise skyscraper has wind-turbine installed in its design for generation of electricity. Along with being energy efficient, it enables waste management and recycling. This building has been awarded multiple ratings for its sustainable ways.
Many global construction projects are using eco-friendly materials and energy efficient techniques to restore and preserve our environment. The cement used for the construction of eco-friendly buildings are OPC and PSC. PSC is also great for waterproof cement works.
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- Shanghai Tower:
The tallest building in China, Shanghai Tower, has a LEED platinum certification. The wind turbines installed on the top floor of the building produce energy that is used for exterior lighting and parking areas. The building also facilitates rainwater harvesting.
- Cor Building, Miami:
This uniquely designed building uses innovative measures to promote sustainability. The exoskeletal structure of the building is used for thermal mass insulation, wind turbines, solar hot water generation, natural shading, and cooling. It also has an efficient waste recycling and management system.
- Council House 2, Melbourne:
This building in Australia has six green star ratings. It has a wind turbine system, sewage recycling, photovoltaic powered sheets among with many other sustainable features. The power consumption of this building is 85 percent lesser than any other building. It has 65 percent less CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions.