The interest and awareness in sustainable design has grown tremendously over the last decade. People are familiar with the language that is used to describe a sustainable build; its efficiency, embodied energy, and footprint.
It is now widely understood that a environmentally sustainable design is about creating a building that minimises its impact on the environment, using resources effectively and efficiently.
We are now at a tipping point where the economics of investing in a sustainable design makes sense for the pragmatists as well as the ideologues. The turnover of property has slowed compared to the heady days a decade a go, so the argument that improving the energy efficiency of the home is too costly no longer holds.
Sustainable design not only lowers energy bills, it promotes a more comfortable indoor environment.
The Benefits of Sustainable Design
Environmentally sustainably designed buildings are cheaper to run.
The environment benefits because of the reduction in natural resource consumption.
It improves a building’s energy and maintenance performance, you increase its value, and ‘saleability’.
There are health, comfort and safety benefits, such as enhanced indoor air quality, greater thermal comfort, and improved liveability and productivity of its users.
Your community benefits from minimised strain on local infrastructures and ecosystems.
Sensitive architecture and building design are the most effective ways to make your building sustainable. Being sustainable is considering the embodied energy and performance of the materials and products used in the project. It is about meeting the needs of the current generation, without compromising the needs of future generations. It is about being smart and responsible.