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Insights into Green Architecture and Sustainability for a Greener Future

Insights into Green Architecture and Sustainability for a Greener Future

The value of green architecture for commercial and residential buildings should not be underestimated. Commercial green property management is a growing industry, and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) states: “Energy and environmental performance are emerging as key benchmarks in how commercial real estate buildings are judged and priced in today’s market.” In this article, our architectural firm in New Jersey will discuss in more depth, answering the most frequently asked questions regarding the intent and benefits of green sustainable architecture.

What Is Green Architecture?

Green or eco-friendly architecture applies sustainable practices to residential and commercial projects. It considers the impact of a building’s site on the surrounding environment, advocates for using sustainable energy sources, and incorporates energy conservation into the design. A sustainable design architect will ensure the appropriate U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) practices are included and might also choose to incorporate biophilic design where possible.     

The Bullitt Center in Seattle, WA, is an example of green architecture, while Apple Park (The Ring), Cupertino, CA, merges modern technology and eco-friendly design. It can accommodate nearly 12,000 employees and uses natural ventilation to heat and cool the building for nine months out of the year.

What Is the Purpose of Green Architecture?

Sustainable architecture combines practicality with beauty to limit the impact a building and its users have on the environment. Traditional heating and cooling methods consume substantial energy in both residential and commercial buildings. Architects find a way to utilize what the natural environment offers to mitigate this. Design is not only about reducing carbon emissions; it provides spaces that fulfill the physical and psychological needs of its users as well.   

Why Green Architecture Is Important

People must see the value of a concept to adopt it, and for the average person sustainability is a buzzword. When consumers are exposed to environmentally-friendly architecture, they understand its financial, physical, and emotional benefits. Green architecture generates consistent savings for homeowners and companies, especially around energy use. Using available natural resources, such as sun, wind, water, and plants, will balance out the initial cost of installing eco-friendly features. According to NAR, property buyers increasingly prioritize energy-efficient features that ultimately lead to cost savings, while reducing the owner’s carbon footprint.   

Benefits of Green Architecture

Workers spend considerable time in offices and other commercial buildings, as families do in their homes. A building with green architecture includes eco-friendly materials that do not emit pollutants, contributing to improved indoor air quality (IAQ) while considering the environmental impact of a building’s end life. It offers an adaptive interior layout so rooms can be multipurpose and reused in various ways. Sustainably designed buildings use natural light and sun movement to create comfortable and pleasing spaces. It generates less waste, uses less water, and utilizes plants to mitigate emissions produced by the building and its occupants.   

Types of Green Architecture

The types of green architecture vary based on the sustainability features required for each design. Green design architects might focus on covering urban roofs with vegetation that provides insulation, while offering nature and people a restful space. It can even serve as an area for growing produce.

Other designs incorporate rainwater harvesting and wastewater recycling, renewable energy generation, passive cooling and heating, or automated HVAC and lighting systems. Using sustainably sourced materials in the building design reduces a project’s carbon footprint, as does reusing materials already available onsite for new construction.

Do you want to incorporate sustainable architecture into a commercial or residential property? Contact our full-service New Jersey-based architectural firm today to discuss your options or visit us at: https://leeb-architecture.com/

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