Green Architecture: World- Changing Construction


Question: What’s green, innovative, and possibly living in your next home?

Answer: The latest architectural materials developed to be energy saving, cost effective, and good looking, otherwise known as “green architecture.”

Architectural design has been changed over a ten- year period by using advances in computer technologies, energy efficiency, better materials, and conservation of materials. Because of increases in energy use, architects have looked for a way to design energy- efficient buildings. These building designs are known as “green architecture.”

“There are drawbacks and advantages to green architecture, but the advantages outweigh the disadvantages,” stated Ken Toblesky of Toblesky Green Architects. “The disadvantages of green are that the initial costs of construction is typically higher than traditional building, however, over the lifespan of the building, those costs can easily be made up due to the inefficiencies of green building.

Green architecture uses materials that are efficient and save money. For example, architects could place plants around the perimeter of a skyscraper.  By having the plants in the direct line of the sun, the plants will grow providing more oxygen to the earth and would also block the sun’s powerful rays from entering the building. This would then stop the building from heating up, and the building could back on air conditioning costs.

Another way architects save money in designing is using less expensive materials. Wood can be very expensive; because of that architects could use bamboo or other exchangeable objects to use for wooden flooring or walls.

With the knowledge of the need to preserve the environment, architects, scientists, philosophers, engineers and chemists are working together to create new solutions to the difficulties that are currently troubling large cities, landscapes, and environments are to be established, reported

 Tomorrow’s skyscrapers will have moss-covered buildings that clean city air, integrated solar-power heating, colors that change from season to season and when the time of day changes, entire floors of trees and bushes which give off energy, and create climates supporting birds and animals, predicts

“There’s more consciousness toward energy efficiency recycling of construction waste, the use of recycled and sustainable materials in construction, and creating interior environments with higher quality air standards,” said Toblesky.