Updated: Jun 28
Sustainability in architecture has become more and more of a focal point over the years. As it stands right now, there are currently a lot of options when it comes to adding sustainable architecture to your building.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to sacrifice style or quality when it comes to using sustainable materials, so here are some of the most popular trends you can incorporate if you’re looking to implement some sustainable architecture in 2020.
ICF construction has recently emerged as one of the single most eco-friendly, durable, and energy-efficient ways to build the foundation and wall system of any building. Insulated concrete forms are hollow concrete blocks with a special layer of insulation around them. They are used to build the foundation as well as the framework of a building and they have no air gaps or leaks because the entire system is interlocked with rebar.
ICFs are the perfect way to make any building more eco-friendly and are also one of the most durable materials around for any type of construction. They are also far less of a fire hazard when compared to a traditional wooden framed building.
If you want some more stylistic diversity or an added flair to your building, architectural metal grilles are the perfect way to get it. These grilles are available in a variety of styles and can be added to a building for both ventilation and aesthetic purposes. They are more sustainable than simply adding more concrete to your building and they can even help guard against noise pollution as well as visual distractions.
It’s now possible to incorporate your ceiling as an integral part of your building’s architecture. Companies like Arktura and others are now making decorative ceiling panels that are more environmentally-friendly and stylish than anything you typically see in a building. These panels can be had in a wide array of styles and colors and can even be acoustically optimized for superior sound performance within your building.
We’re all aware of the benefits of adding some plants and greenery to the inside of any building. It introduces nature to an otherwise orderly and non-biodiverse space, easing stress and improving air quality at the same time.
The benefits of biophilic design are well-studied, but some buildings are taking it to a new level with entire walls filled with greenery from top to bottom. Such a wall can have a more pronounced impact on the interior aesthetic as well as the mental wellbeing of everyone inside. It’s also a sustainable way to improve indoor air quality.
Sustainable Architecture is Here to Stay
As the need for sustainable building practices grows more pressing each day, it’s safe to say that sustainable architecture is going to become more popular as we move into the future. By implementing some of these sustainable architecture designs, you can improve the look and functionality of your building without having a negative impact on the environment.
Skylar Ross is a contributor to Innovative Building Materials. He is a blogger and content writer for the architecture industry. Skylar is focused on helping architects and building designers discover new techniques, find ways to save on costs and discover new modern innovative materials to use in their next project.