Sample Architecture Paper on Green Building Designs

Green Building Designs

Green building designs have taken Australia by storm in the recent years. Green building designs are largely based on the use of eco-friendly or environment friendly products that do not pose any harm to the current environment (Olubunmi et al., 2016). The environmental impact of using other raw materials derived from earth has resulted in environmental degradation over the years, hence the need for alterative sustainable designs and innovative practices. Most green designs utilised today are geared towards efficient use of energy and water as well as other resources, reducing environmental degradation and pollution and protecting the health status of all occupants using the above system (Zuo & Zhao, 2014). It is estimated that over the coming years, green designs would be the next frontier in the building and construction sites as well as in the geographical scene. Presently, green designs are being used in the development of green towns.

The walls and the roofs of green design buildings are largely made of eco-friendly material while in some case they are covered with living material. These materials are necessary since they provide climate control, insulation, and retain some of the storm runoff. The materials commonly used for these buildings are readily available compared to the traditional materials which are quite expensive (Gibbs & O’Neill, 2015).  In addition, other modular system such as green grid roofs that have been optimised to protect the environment may be utilised in the areas where getting the appropriate roofing material may be difficult.  Through the use of green building materials, the aesthetic value of homes is increased. In addition, the urban heat island effect is decreased as the sun readily radiates from some of the infrastructural surfaces (Jaffal et al., 2012).

The lighting system commonly utilised in green designs is referred to as the Building Integrated Photovoltaic Technology (BIPVs) which largely collects and preserves solar energy. This has replaced the common photovoltaic panels which had lower efficiencies. The BIPVs can also be utilised to make the famously known shingle roofing materials while in some cases it may be used in making glass windows (Gibbs & O’Neill, 2015; Jaffal et al., 2012). In essence, this material forms the building envelope as well as plays a critical role in the production of energy. The BIPVs may reduce the environmental impact linked with transporting, use, and discarding of excessive building materials. In addition, the material has a higher lifespan as compared to the traditional forms of life utilised in across various settings.

Apart from the use of the BIPVs, organic light-emitting diodes may be used to provide light. Unlike the other forms of diodes, the light collected from this diode largely comes from the solar energy. Another common green design material is the grey water collection system commonly used for water collection as well as the use of electrochromatic windows. In essence, there are various materials for green designs which aid in the development of green buildings (Gibbs & O’Neill, 2015; Jaffal et al., 2012). Most of these materials are largely energy-efficient and environment friendly. The above-mentioned materials are only few examples of materials to be recommended to remediate the environment. In Australia, a division has been set aside to encourage more people to use green technology instead of remaining in the traditional ways of building houses. The figure below highlights one of the green building houses developed through the use of green designs.

 

References

Gibbs, D., & O’Neill, K. (2015). Building a green economy? Sustainability transitions in the UK building sector. Geoforum, 59, 133–141. Retrieved from http://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.12.004

Jaffal, I., Ouldboukhitine, S.-E., & Belarbi, R. (2012). A comprehensive study of the impact of green roofs on building energy performance. Renewable Energy, 43, 157–164. Retrived from http://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2011.12.004

Olubunmi, O. A., Xia, P. B., & Skitmore, M. (2016). Green building incentives: A review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Retrieved from http://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2016.01.028

Zuo, J., & Zhao, Z. Y. (2014). Green building research-current status and future agenda: A review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Retrieved from  http://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2013.10.021