6 Of the Most Innovative Trends in Sustainable Architectural Design

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As time goes by, our society keeps moving in a sustainable and eco-friendly direction. This trend is probably the most evident in the field of architecture, which shouldn’t come as a huge surprise.

The latest innovations and trends always take the strongest roots when they bring some tangible benefits to the table. From this standpoint, sustainable trends and architectural design present a particularly fortunate marriage.

And since more and more construction companies are adopting sustainable principles, the foundations for innovations and design concepts are definitely in place.

So, with another year starting its run, let us take a look at the sustainable architecture horizon to see what new design trends are brewing there and what implications they might bring to our shores in the following months.

Even higher focus on energy efficiency

Energy efficiency has been at the forefront of design concerns for quite some time now. But, in recent periods, the ideas of energy preservation have been pushed to their limit extending from the very efficiency of the household to the fields of engineering, construction practices, and building materials.

So, expect to see more items made from FRC, bamboo, and recycled steel, as well as, technologies like 3D printing to make a bigger impact on the architecture scene. All these mentions give architects more options which should result in safer and more competitively priced products.

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Solar tech incorporated into construction design

Although it’s still struggling to truly break into the mainstream, it has become clear by now that solar panels are the future and that it is not a question of whether they will become a standard household item but rather when. Due to this fact, solar systems will not only remain something you put on the roof of the finished construction but rather an integral part of the building design.

Changes like these are not only aimed to retain the aesthetic appeal of construction projects but also integrate into the energy infrastructure allowing us to build a sustainable future within our very households.

Higher efficiency achieved with the latest software tools

Like all other breakthrough trends, this one makes such a strong impact because it makes building projects more efficient on all levels. Therefore, using advanced design tools like Rhinoceros modeling not only makes the finished products more efficient but also ensures that construction projects are more streamlined through all their phases.

Integrated 3D models offer information like installation periods, lead times, sequencing, and countless others which allow architects to execute their moves deliberately. Of course, these design approaches also drastically trim down the associated expenses as well.

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The rise of urban gardening

The shortage of organically produced food is becoming a global issue. So, it’s not a surprise we are seeing a growing number of communities accepting the concepts of urban gardening and adapting their existing infrastructure to be suitable for some sort of limited food production.

Well, we can expect to see new construction projects accepting these ideas and running with them from the very design phase. This trend is poised to get momentum since, aside from easily accessible food, urban gardening has a positive effect on insulation and air quality replacing greenery lost to urbanization.

New resurgence of modular construction

Modular construction seems to make a mainstream splash on the architecture scene only to fade into the background a couple of years later. The next resurgence of modular building should have longer staying power since the newfound popularity of traditional materials like, for instance, straw bales and cotton lend themselves particularly well to this trend.

This marriage will have an even brighter future keeping in mind the facts regarding green architecture design implying green buildings always cost less. A certain sense of novelty shouldn’t present an obstacle, either.

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The growing relevance of tiny houses

Saying that small is the new big may come off a bit worn out, but, be that as it may, tiny houses are scoring a growing relevance in mainstream circles. Even more so keeping in mind that smaller space that is, actually, well-designed presents a much more comfortable and sustainable option than larger buildings with poor space utilization.

Cozy attics, open floor designs, vertical spaces, and multi-functional units will dominate the architecture arena providing sustainable, affordable, and energy-efficient housing options to people who can’t truly compete on the green real estate market.

We hope these six rising trends give you a better idea about the developments we may expect to see in the architectural landscape in the following period. Of course, being driven by the latest social and economic trends, these new approaches will be largely painted in green colors which are, by all means, a good thing.

As we stated earlier, green practices and sustainable building are improving living conditions while lowering construction prices and ramping up energy efficiency. Keep in mind, though, that these few mentions are only the tip of the iceberg. But, from what we can see, the future of architecture will truly be bright.

By Mike Johnston

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