Thursday, May 29, 2008

Environmental Friendly Buildings

Construction of the environment friendly buildings has been largely dominated by the practices related to the construction of the shell and core of a building. Do you know that the construction of the building has the direct and indirect impact on the environment. Modern design buildings alleviates you with the comfort but leads to the hazardous environmental damages. Lets check out how? Construction of buildings consume one sixth of the world's fresh water withdrawals, one quarter of its wood harvest and two fifth of its material and energy flow. With the growth of the population it has become necessary to adopt the newer ways of constructing the environmental design buildings.

Innovations in design, materials used and MEP parameters play the key role in the sustainable construction of the buildings. There are many ways by which we could actually deal with the increasing environmental damages. First of all we need to overcome our bad habit of frequently changing the interiors of the house. Before disposing of the old furniture one could indeed look at recycling the same saving the precious natural resources of the country. The best way is to increase out dependency on the recycled products. Than we need to deal with the issue of safe disposal of the waste.

Than the primary objective of achieving the the sustainability in the interiors is the way we design the space to conserve the electricity. Switch on the use of the energy saving lights, bulbs and other electrical equipments. Try to maximize the use of the natural lights through proper designs that is equally good for health also. Choose the proper location to construct the building that does not harm the eco system. Try to built the building away from the wetlands, coastal regions and other natural locations. You can choose for the areas that have have been destroyed by the time.

The main focus in order to construct the sustainable interiors should be on the low or zero VOC paint and adhesives, carpet tiles with recycled content, furniture with high recycled wood content or even wood free wherever possible. Use of water free urinals, dual flush toilets and low flow faucets can save the water to the great extent. Make use of the tiles that keep the roof of the building cool. There should be proper ventilation system that helps in reducing the heat of the building.

Last but not the least it is advisable to grow more of the oxygen plants and tress in and around the building in order to achieve the eco friendly environment.

Points to Ponder :-

The average urban home uses 640 liters of water per day
A dripping tap can waste as much as 60 liters per day or 1800 liters per month
A Toilet is the biggest user of the indoor water. On average it uses 11 liters of water when flushed
A leaking toilet can waste up to 100 000 liters of water per year

Aparana Chauhan


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