SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE: A greener way to live

The earth does not belong to man. Man belongs to the earth.

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The sense of inhabiting is inherent to human beings, and over time we have developed different ways of generating bonds and special forms that adapt to our needs. Hand in hand with innovation in our behavior within spaces, architecture, and design leads us, generating spaces that make us feel part of something else.

Taking into account this and the latest trends in preserving and adapting not only spaces to feel our needs but more to the needs of the earth, Sustainable Architecture is born, which refers to green buildings and structures specially designed to limit and reduce human impact on the environment. Generating innovative solutions such as natural ventilation, reuse of resources as energy support, and in general adopting a lifestyle that is aware of the environment, respecting natural processes, and taking advantage of them without generating damage.

The buildings and construction sector account for 40% of the total energy-related CO2 emissions and 36% of final energy use worldwide.  Global building floor area is expected to double by 2050 driving energy demand related to Greenhouses Gases emissions for constructions. But the building sector offers the most cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions mitigation potential, with the implementation of innovation in technologies, materials, designs, and policies to make real the opportunity to make more conscious communities.

GMH - Sustainable architecture

So, being more in line with what sustainable architecture approaches modern-day buildings is to encompass every aspect of the planet and construction process, since not only the structures and strategies make up the sustainable concept but also the use of various materials that generate a lesser impact and moderate the interference. Here we mention some of these sustainable materials:

  • Cross-laminated timber: This is composed of wood sawn layered as planks that glued perpendicular to the previous lamella get structural integrity. It is a versatile prefabricated material produced as panels suitable for floors, roofs, walls, and furniture. Allows rapid constructions and renewability of the materials.

  • Ferrock: it’s a carbon-negative material developed as a substitute for concrete. It is an iron-based binding compound made by using waste steel and silica from ground up glass, making it stronger and flexible, and is used in marine constructions.

  • Hempcrete: Is a bio-composite material made of hemp, the balsa wood-like core of a cannabis-plant, lime, and water, also known as hemplime. It is an alternative to concrete, light, and durable, and it is resistant to cracking under movement. It has a negative carbon footprint.

  • Rammed earth: Is one of the oldest construction methods, consists of using layers of aggregate, gravel, sand, silt, and clay compressed. It can be used to form walls, floors, and foundations, lending qualities such as high thermal mass, low embodied energy, and is almost completely reusable post demolition.

  • Bamboo: This plant is known for its strength, hardness and rate of growth. It has a higher compressive strength than wood, brick, or concrete, and a utensil strength than rivals steel, making it ideal for application in building. It is, also, very versatile in its use.

  • Adobe: It’s a composite of earth, clay, straw, and other organic materials. Is used as bricks and has similar properties to that of rammed earth construction with high thermal insulation and energy efficiency.

  • Recycled plastic: Is used in construction as eco-bricks, polymeric timbers, polycarbonate panels, etc. Recycled plastic products are only used in small constructions by the moment.

This is how, in terms of materials, the impact of buildings is reduced, but design and its implementation are also important when taking into account aspects such as cooling, plumbing, waste and ventilation systems, and the integration of the built environment into the natural landscape.

Adapting to the environment and landscape is highly important since in sustainable development issues if we listen to the earth, we can obtain powerful tools that facilitate the experience of living and the design of spaces, if we respect the place where we also build, this will be friendly to us. Taking advantage of this kind of resource allows us, in the same way, to be closer to the communities and their cultures, generating a bond and a positive impact on the sense of belonging.

We are committed to projects that accomplish all the requirements for sustainable architecture, hand in hand with strategic partners that have developed and are experts in new sustainable technologies, adapting them in the best way to development environments. One of them is Green Magic Homes, under their guidance, we have developed modular structures that allow us to save time and money in construction, as well as an easy adaptation to different climates and temperatures, all based on studies and expertise from the best branches of killer innovations, also we have developed efficient ways to generate clean energy and reduce wastewater.

We seek, in the same way, to generate a minimum impact on communities promoting the development of local economies creating new job opportunities, generating united, conscious communities, and offering a lifestyle where service and high technology are playing a significant role. We invite you to live unforgettable experiences by a new concept: luxury sustainable architecture.

The philosophy of sustainable architecture that has merged with ours is, ultimately, to ensure that the actions taken today don’t have, or have the less, consequences for future generations and comply with the principles of social, economic, and ecological sustainability, reducing the environmental and social footprint. We are on the path to the future, are you in?

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