Does Sustainable Architecture have a Positive Impact on Everyday Life?
We all know that architecture has come a long way since four walls and a gable roof. Architects are beginning to look at how they can take an innovative approach to the design process and minimise the energy they use. Sustainable architecture seems to be the solution, which involves considering factors such as materials, energy and space.
This year’s Architizer A+ Awards have just been launched and the categories are now open for entries. Their mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful architecture in the world and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life. With this in mind, we have been reflecting on how recent sustainable buildings have been making a positive impact on everyday life.
Below are some of the revolutionary examples of sustainable architecture revealed in 2016:
1. Eindhoven University of Technology Building
Classified as ‘Outstanding’ under the BREEAM sustainability rating system, the Total Engineer Team RSVP has revealed their plans to produce the most sustainable university building in the world by 2018. The main building of the Eindhoven University of Technology, in the Netherlands, will be renovated, transforming its gas connection into a geothermal connection. Solar Panels will be used to provide the building’s energy supply as well as efficient LED lights. What’s even better is that the combination of all these sustainable features will reduce the building’s CO2 emissions by 80% despite its capacity doubling in size!
2. Biosciences Research Building, Galway, Ireland
Payette and Reddy architecture + Urbanism have designed a unique solution for the Biosciences Research Building in Galway. The offices have been moved to the outer edge of the building, where there is access to windows and the labs which contain high-tech equipment can remain in the centre of the building without the need for machines to help ventilate it. There are corridors around the labs which contribute to the insulation of the building keeping the offices warm on cold days and cool on hot days, reducing the building’s energy costs dramatically.
3. “Toigetation” Bamboo Toilet, Cao Bang, Hanoi
In the Northern Province Cao Bang, Hanoi, H&P Architects and UNICEF have won the Social Responsibility Award for their eco-friendly bathroom. The bathroom has been designed for a school where most of the community lack access to clean water. The bathroom uses local materials to lower costs which will enable them to build more across the country.
The construction took 3 weeks to complete costing $3,000 in total. The bamboo structure is covered in green vegetation, hence its novel name “Toigetation” combining “toilet” and “vegetation” – pretty clever! Solar panels cover the roof to provide lighting at night and the brick walls surrounding the toilet are designed to withstand the hurricane-force winds which the mountainous region is prone to.