5 Steps to Environmentally Friendly Architectures

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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.

Sustainable Architecture

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Everyone benefits from sustainable architecture – individuals, businesses, communities, the economy and the environment. So what is sustainable architecture? Sustainable architecture is also known as green architecture or environmental architecture. It challenges architects to create intelligent designs and use available technologies to ensure that structures have minimal harmful impacts on the ecosystem and communities.

While more and more countries are moving towards sustainability, the progress made cannot keep up with the unrelenting demand for resources. There are also challenges that can hinder the progress of sustainable architecture, and one of the biggest obstacles is monetary cost. While a sustainable building can save more money in the long run, there is still a widespread belief that sustainable materials and methods are much more expensive than traditional resources.

There are various ways and means that must be considered when designing a sustainable building, including materials, energy, resources, space planning, weather, and many other factors. It is a detail-oriented process that requires experts who are familiar with the latest methods and techniques that have proven to be both effective and cost-efficient.

Certain features that can make a building “green”. These include:

  • Efficient use of energy, water, and other resources.
  • Use of renewable energy sources, such as solar power.
  • Measures to reduce pollution and waste, and reuse and recycle.
  • Good indoor air quality
  • Use of materials that are non-toxic, ethical and sustainable.
  • Consideration of the environment in design, construction and operation
  • Consideration of the quality of life of occupants in design, construction and operation.

A design that allows for adaptation to a changing environment

Of course, a building doesn’t have to be new to be efficient. The number of existing buildings in operation exceeds the number of new construction projects many times over. Retrofitting existing buildings can therefore have a disproportionate impact on the environment compared to focusing solely on green design and construction practises.

Retrofitting green buildings delivers proven results at minimal cost. While they may not deliver the headline-grabbing results common to high-priced building projects, their ubiquitous influence in the building landscape has raised the profile of building sustainability in the public consciousness. Green practises should be more than an event; they should make a discernible difference in everyday corporate responsibility.

Today’s leading building owners have actively embraced green building retrofits as key to future models of sustainability. More than narrow vertical products, horizontal platform approaches have driven investment in technology bundles that work together to achieve deeper efficiencies with a comprehensive approach.

A gold standard for sustainable architecture is the Parkroyal on Pickering in Singapore. With 15,000 square metres of airy, four-storey Skygardens, reflecting pools, waterfalls, plant terraces and cascading vertical greenery, the Parkroyal on Pickering was designed as a high-end business hotel and office in one garden. Completed in January 2013, Parkroyal is located in central Singapore, between the CBD and the Chinatown and Clarke Quay districts , opposite Hong Lim Park. The greenery of the park is reflected in the building in the form of planted valleys, water channels and waterfalls. The greenery also conceals the openings to the above ground underground car park, while cooling and naturally ventilating the space.

We’ll talk about condos in Singapore that are built sustainably in the next blog.