Design for Sustainable

A Few Sustainable Construction Design Examples

Sustainable construction design might look like science fiction at first glance.  It might have been in the 1970s when architects began toying with the designs and showing them at Expos. Today, the concepts they developed are being used in the real world.

If you choose a design sustainable approach to construction it is possible to build a home or an entire housing community that has a positive energy balance.  There are examples of this kind of architecture in Germany.

By making use of photovoltaic solar panels, the 59 homes in the “Solar Settlement” community produce enough electricity to meet all of their energy needs and then some.  The sun may be our only unlimited energy source.

Another example of German design is the “Sun Ship”.  It is a 60,000 square foot building that houses retail stores, business offices and an apartment building.  It is the first commercial building that creates more energy than it uses.

The main idea is to get away from carbon fuels, not to just reduce the amount of energy used in a building.  Using less electricity is a great thing.  It’s just not the only thing to consider.

Most of the world’s electricity comes from coal-powered plants.  We need new sources for electricity and we need them now if we are to stop and reverse global warming.
For those that have their doubts about the impact or the cause of global warming, a sustainable environmental design is still a good idea.  Look at it from an economic standpoint. 

Spending a little more money today to install photovoltaic solar panels will reduce your electricity bills.  It will also make you less dependent on the electric companies and moves closer to zero carbon building. A professional like Roofs By Rodger can answer questions about your roof including solar panel installation.

Almost everyone has been in a situation where they lose power because of a storm or damage to the electric company lines.  In one recent case, a company decided to have a planned power outage during one of the coldest days of the year.

Imagine what it would be like to create your own electricity.  A sustainable environmental design can help you do that.

If you don’t want solar panels, there are still some things that you can do relatively inexpensively to help conserve our limited resources.  Even making the right landscaping choices can help. 

Buying the most energy efficient appliances when it is time to replace the ones in your home is another good idea.  When you are ready to build a new home, consider a sustainable construction design.  It will pay off in the long run for your family and for future generations.

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