The dictionary defines Green architecture as a general term that describes environmentally conscious design techniques in the field of architecture. Sustainable architecture is framed by the larger discussion of sustainability and the pressing economic and political issues of our world.
Now, how is this going to be our future? Green architecture? I read information about how designers are working fervently towards an average sustainable home for everyday folks. Creation of a home that co habitats with its natural surroundings and uses eco-friendly materials. The rising cost of heat and water, two important aspects for a dwelling has scientists looking for alternatives, looking to find efficient means of delivery while keeping local materials a priority.
Philadelphia, PA has a sample model row home out of cement, bamboo floors, solar heating and a concept for green architecture delivering at about $125,000. This home has a minimalist design which is great in small spaces. Utilizing spacesaver techniques for storage. Placement of windows for maximum heat. When I saw a picture of the inside, I was impressed, the furnishings were sustainable and eco aware. Green architecture is possible on a realistic budget. You don't need a million to create a green livable space.
Baltimore, MD has started rehab on its row homes using green materials. Using tankless water heaters, low flush toilets, low Voc paint and bamboo flooring. Over 17,000 permits were issued last year to rehab and improve row homes in urban areas giving the opportunity to use green materials.
Jersey City has a modern prefab home construction. A resident, asked a local architect if he could create a prefab green home for about $250,00. The architect estimated at $252,000. Mr. Carpenter, the resident, had his home created out of 18 insulated concrete panels. He has cedar on the front of his home to blend in with the rest of the neighborhood. The architect used radiant heating coils under the concrete basement floor and the upstairs bamboo flooring. He has a green roof that is pitched to collect solar energy. This home has the potential for mass customization in similar neighborhoods... Jersey City dwelling
As our government recognises the benefits of updating architecture in our country I feel we will see more initiatives given to creating green architecture. We already have green stimulus going on right now allowing us the ability to try new designs. By proving sustainable living lasts longer and is easier to create we may be seeing green architecture in our future as "the norm."