It is said that home is where the heart is that’s what architecture companies promote and owing true to its nature our home is our ‘planet’ and all its constituted ecological environs. The intimate rock structures we call home would therefore serve the conspicuous adjective of shelters as was the purpose of the first man. But during that time man had no special machinery or technology, no motor grazers, no bulldozers and obviously no insight on how enduringly we adversely affect Mother Nature. Man also never until recently did gaze upon the possibilities of the environmental and ecological aftermath of his own behaviors. We have come a long way since then, making sincere efforts in planning and fixing what is left of. Now as we leap across generations, we have become more intimate in the possibilities of shaping our world into a sustainable bionetwork that can possibly swap the elements of life in itself in a regular man-made house which has rapidly become more of an evident reality. Houses can be now be easily transformed into eco-friendly policy devices. For such efforts to relay further we must blend in with nature and have a creative outlook with sound intentions.
The exoskeleton of structures can use grass spreads on their rooftops or walls as is amazingly shown by nature inspired architect Bjarne Mastenbroek. Located in the national park Velume Zoom near Rheden, Netherlands, the
structure is an ecological masterpiece, which has the grass roof part as the entry route through the building. The walls are insulated with sheep’s wool and the toilets are flushed using rainwater.
There is a rising demand for eco friendly designs, eco-climate and bio-climate designs which combine elements of design and artistic appeal with sustainability and ecology. Architecture companies have already started using biofiltration swales in urban areas. Biofiltration swales are made of grasses and durable plants that can withst and the most tremendous conditions, including massive rains and harsh heat. Promoting growth of pavement trees and shrubs into our cities can have a histrionic impact on environmental sustainability. The air quality improvements and benefits are well known.
Using products for construction that do not adversely affect our environment should be promoted by architecture companies. Poorly constructed buildings use more energy and therefore contribute directly to global warming.
Timber: is lighter than steel and has been now engineered to be quite stronger. It has the ability to trap carbon whereas steel and concrete emit carbon to the environment.
Bamboo: Bamboo releases 35% more oxygen when it is growing and absorbs approximately 35% more carbon dioxide than trees.
Recyclable materials : Recyclable materials are now being used as insulators or carpets. Recycled newspaper is being used to fill the cavity of walls.
Self-healing concrete : A new concrete created by microbiologist Henk Jonkers and concrete specialist Eric Schlangen could provide a strong foundation with long-lasting and environmentally friendly results. Tiny capsules of sodium silicate are rooted in the material and fall out when a crack forms. A healing agent is then released from the
capsule to fill any cavities. Since concrete contributes to at least 5% of the global carbon dioxide emissions, reducing the amount that is used over the years could greatly lower carbon trails in the environment.