Sustainable designs seek to reduce the negative impacts on the environment and the health of occupants which will, in turn, improve the comfort of all building occupants. Sustainable designs also improve building performance.
Being eco-friendly and creating sustainable designs is not only a practice followed by green environmentalists but is also a trend that has become relatively common among enthusiasts and curious people in 2020.
As the world continues to face the real issues of climate change, people have started to consider ways of creating living spaces that do not affect the environment negatively. Living spaces that are not harmful to the environment will help you save money in the process.
Sustainable designs have the objectives of reducing the consumption of non-renewable resources, minimizing waste, and creating healthy and productive environments for all occupants. With pollution numbers going up, 2020 is the year to go green.
Trends in Sustainable Design
2020 has seen some exciting trends in sustainable design. Current builders are focusing on:
- Green Energy- One of the most significant trends of sustainable design in 2020 is ensuring that buildings rely less on traditional sources of energy such as coal. There are two primary ways that builders achieve this; by either producing their energy locally or using energy only from green sources such as solar power and wind farms.
- Water Conservation- Many urban areas continue to suffer from drought and water shortage. This has inspired better water management practices. The recent wildfires of Australia and California have also highlighted the importance of restricting water usage. Sustainable designs incorporate showers instead of bathtubs, toilets with sinks on top of the cisterns to gather used water for flushing, and even dishwashers and washing machines that use less water.
- Remodeling Instead of Rebuilding- In the past, it was reasonably common to demolish an old building and make way for new and improved designs. With a better understanding of the amount of energy needed to put up a structure from scratch, people have turned to remodel instead. The process that goes into making concrete is quite polluted. Therefore, any efforts to reduce this will be part of sustainable design. New building technologies have made it easier to refurbish a building into looking better without wasting energy.
Why 2020 for Sustainable Design?
Climate change is a real problem. It started years ago, and despite the best efforts, it is getting worse. Each year the ozone layer deteriorates a little more due to pollution and more glaciers melt in the artic. Moreover, plastic production is on the rise, and unfortunately, it all goes into the ocean affecting marine life which has a chain reaction on human life. By striving to build sustainably, we can help reduce the negative environmental impacts that construction can produce.