The Future of Sustainable Design
It’s funny to think that just a few short years ago, environmentally sustainable design was just a trendy, quirky buzz-word being thrown around. Flash forward to now, and it’s an integral part of not only the construction industry, but the design industry as well. Everyone from engineering firms to design schools has a heavy emphasis on sustainable design, and it’s not hard to see why. This great blog post by Digital School looks at how much impact being environmentally conscious has had on the design world.
“Sustainable design is about more than just building rooftop gardens and catching the sun’s rays with solar panels, however. There is a lot of careful planning and thought that goes into designing a green building. Everything that goes into building the structure must be carefully examined, and its environmental impact considered. That’s why low impact materials like permeable concrete are becoming increasingly popular in the construction industry. They allow for the replenishment of ground water at a much higher rate than traditional materials. It’s not just careful selection of materials, either, it’s also about doing everything you can to reduce the impact of the construction and operation of the building.”
Sustainable design has gone from being a niche market to being integral to the industry. It’s highly unlikely that a building is constructed without at least some thought into how to make it energy efficient or reduce its impact on the environment. It appears that we’re finally wising up to the fact that we only have one planet, so we should probably treat it nicely.