Sustainable architecture might just sound like buzz words that contractors throw around to seem more environmentally-friendly. However, architects who are conscious about sustainability and reducing the impact they have on their local environment take it very seriously. Sustainable architecture design can be used for both residential and commercial projects, and at Seth A Leeb we proudly integrate sustainable practices into all elements of our process. One major way we have done this is by building Net Zero houses and single-family units with the highest Energy Star Rating through Morris County’s Habitat for Humanity. Through this organization, Seth and his team have been able to provide sustainable and affordable housing to less fortunate populations in New Jersey. That being said, our team will go over just some of the many benefits of sustainable architecture design.
Reduces Carbon Emissions
Sustainable building design can directly contribute to reduced carbon emissions. Especially when it comes to designing larger commercial buildings like apartment complexes and office buildings. By integrating design elements like solar panels, energy-efficient HVAC systems, large windows that allow for maximum daylight, water recycling systems, and using recycled or repurposed materials, architects can create lower emission buildings that don’t have as big of an impact on the environment.
Did you know that a building can be designed in a way that allows it to conserve water? Water conservation is already an important issue, and it’s set to become even more important in the coming years as we continue experiencing extreme weather events like hurricanes.
Your faucets can be fitted with sensors so that no water is wasted, and low-flow toilets use less water per flush than standard toilets. We also recommend investing in shower heads with water-saving technology, as well as harvesting rainwater if your state allows it.
Use Safer Materials
Sustainable architects use materials that are designed to last a long time. Your home is a big investment and you deserve to have it serve its purpose for many years to come. For example, recycled materials for decking and roofing will last for many years and have been proven to withstand the elements more effectively than some newer materials on the market. Your architect can also source recycled materials for other parts of your home like accent walls, tables, lighting fixtures and chairs.
Lowers Your Exposure to Toxins
Did you know that many building materials contain harmful plastic by-products? These plastics are known to release carcinogens and toxic fumes into the air, meaning you could be breathing in toxins every single day. We’re only just learning about the long-term health issues these carcinogens can cause, including allergies and respiratory problems.
Avoiding toxins and carcinogens is just one of the many reasons we recommend hiring a sustainable architect for your project. Your health should be your first priority, and green design can ensure your environment is as safe as possible for you and your family, and everyone else who comes to visit.
For more information on sustainable architecture designs from Seth A Leeb, or if you have any questions about how we can help you with your architectural project, please contact our team today and visit our website at: https://leeb-architecture.com