Buildings consume large quantities of natural resources during their construction, accounting for half of the UK’s primary energy consumption. They demand quarrying and exploitation of forests and other natural resources to supply the materials from which they are made. However, eco friendly architects employ low carbon and low environmental impact building and landscape alternatives, which adopt innovative technologies such as solar energy collection, biomass heating and grey water recycling.
Sustainable architecture helps to ensure that environmental impacts are minimised with use of the latest energy-saving technology.
It has been estimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that buildings account for 18% of global emissions, or the equivalent of 9 billion tonnes of CO2 annually. Green building uses processes that are environmentally responsible and resource efficient.
Did you know?
New build homes are more energy efficient than older homes but its better for the environment to refurbish an old house. Once cost is taken into consideration, refurbishment is a more eco-friendly and practical option.
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Green Building Magazine
This magazine discusses the technical aspects of the best systems and techniques to achieve real green and energy efficient buildings. Designed to help create green, healthy and sustainable buildings. www.greenbuildingmagazine.co.uk
Sustainable architecture and eco friendly architects
Sustainable architecture seeks to minimise the adverse environmental impact of buildings and homes through energy efficiency and moderation in the use of materials and development space.