“Green” is the word. It’s not just pollution anymore – specifically, it’s melting polar icecaps and the greenhouse effect. These are the phrases of our generation and now, more than ever, people are aware of our effect on the environment. Energy efficient appliances and reusable grocery bags are commonplace.
Another trend picking up speed is sustainable architecture. This involves buildings designed to have as little effect on the environment as possible. If you are thinking of building a home that is environmentally sound, here are some of the basic principles of sustainable architecture design:
1. Preserve natural surroundings:
This encompasses two philosophies. One is to build small. You don’t need a Mc mansion to live comfortably. Build only as big as you need and build up instead of out. The other is to build into the natural landscape not over it.
Utilize the trees and bushes around your lot instead of clearing them out. Try to maintain as much as you can of the surrounding landscape. It will save you money because you won’t have to pay someone to come in and plant for you plus it saves the environment.