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5 Steps to Environmentally Friendly Architectures

It is a common misconception that green building means accepting higher costs to protect the environment. In fact, green design is an excellent financial decision: it lowers the life-cycle cost of an installation while reducing its environmental footprint.

Green building enhances the corporate image, and companies are more likely to attract clients who prioritize sustainability. For real estate developers, a green building will be attractive to tenants who share these values.

Energy efficiency is an essential feature in making a building material environmentally sustainable. The ultimate goal in using energy-efficient materials is to reduce the amount of generated energy brought to a building site. The long-term energy cost of running a building is highly dependent on the materials used.

Depending on the type, the energy efficiency of building materials can be measured by factors such as R-value, degree of shading, light output, or fuel-efficiency. Preferred materials slow heat transfer through the building envelope, reducing heating or cooling requirements. Quantitative measurements of a building material’s efficiency are available to help compare building materials and determine suitability for specific installations.

5 Steps to Reduce, Recycle and Reuse

1. Study environmental conditions: It is essential to consider the environment in which the project will be executed through a comprehensive analysis of the territory, location, climatic conditions of the area, ventilation, trees or surrounding buildings that may prevent the entry of natural light, etc.

2. Design and orientation: optimal orientation is a critical aspect to minimise energy consumption. With appropriate light direction and sun exposure, it is possible to take advantage of this natural heat source. A design aligned with the sun’s orientation will allow you to gain the edge of the sun’s position to secure the most light throughout the day.

3. Determine how the energy will be used and conserved: In addition to sound insulation, the use of adjustable blinds and shutters contributes to energy efficiency. It is also essential to consider using renewable energy sources such as solar panels and photovoltaic panels, wind generators, etc. Currently, there are several “environmentally friendly” options.

4. Start using natural, recycled or recyclable materials: it is important to use sustainable materials to reduce the environmental impact of buildings, for example, by choosing raw materials such as roofing, cladding and roofs. Using recycled materials to manufacture our louvre systems reduces costs, saves resources, and reduces our environmental footprint by minimizing CO2 emissions.

5. Reduce, recycle and reuse waste: Related to the previous point, reducing or eliminating waste from the environment is a crucial point of sustainable architecture, which has begun to incorporate cardboard and metal as easily recyclable and reusable elements in manufacturing processes, thus reintegrating them into the chain and reducing their environmental impact. It is also essential to avoid contaminating materials that could pose a health risk to the occupants.

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) together with Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) will take this forward by, among other things, preparing a master plan for green buildings, Minister of State for National Development, and Manpower Zaqy Mohamad said on Wednesday (March 4).

Many Developers are starting to implement the Green building initiative into their planning. Find out from New Launch Portal for new launch condos with such environmentally friendly standard.

BCA’s Green Mark scheme started in 2005 and is on track to meet the objective of 80 per cent by 2030.

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