Sustainable design brings up the design process that assimilates an environmental friendly approach and considers natural resources as part of the design. Sustainable design is the drill of designing buildings so that they exist in harmony with natural. Sustainable design acts as a philosophy that is applied by different companies, governmental entities, and non-governmental organizations to achieve a better future for the human race through the wise and low-volume consumption of Earth’s resources.
A sustainable design seeks to incorporate environmentally-preferable outcomes such as:
- Usage of low water and energy consumption through the entire lifecycle , from manufacture to daily use to disposal.
- Minimize impact on climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions or mitigating them through carbon neutralizing activities.
- Reduce or eliminate waste by minimizing consumption, reusing when possible, and recycling when necessary.
- Minimize impact on the local ecosystem and look for ways to incorporate bio mimicry principles where possible.
- Inclination towards non-toxic materials and those that will contribute to the health and wellbeing of humanity.
- Emphasize quality and durability over price.
Buildings across the globe are adopting sustainable design operational and constructional strategies. The increase in the number of initiatives doesn’t just accrue from increased awareness about climate change but green buildings actually offer significant cost savings. It’s not just the new establishments are integrating it into their building sustainable design blueprints but even existing structures are being refurbished. Green buildings do offer a huge potential to the real estate industry. Following examples will show how important sustainability is and how one can establish eco-friendly setups:
1 Woodlands Spa and Forum, Homini Hotel, South Africa :
Keeping in mind the ecofriendly system, the Woodland Spa and Forum has integrated itself with its surroundings; reclaimed bricks have been used for the construction, rooftop has mysterious game graze, and indigenous plants are used in the gardens, establishing a truly sustainable design.
2 Shanghai Tower, China:
The second tallest building in the world, the Shanghai Tower is also Shell Platinum and LEED Core certified. The construction of the tower was done from locally sourced materials, some of which included recycled materials. The design of the building is 1200 curved to optimize wind load. The double skin façade further allows additional insulation. All of this is topped with sky gardens, vertical wind turbines, rainwater harvesting, black water treatment and more.
3 Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Mexico:
You’ll be spoiled for choice with activities at this hotel: dining on the river in a traditional trainer boat, playing a game of golf, unwinding at the spa or exploring the grounds’ three-mile long nature trail are just some of the services on offer.
Meanwhile, Banyan Tree is both Rainforest Alliance verified and Earth Check certified thanks to its very green approach, whether staff are being trained to keep damage to the surroundings to a minimum, or guests are being encouraged to learn about the natural landscape on an eco-tour.
4 Vigilius mountain resort:
The Vigilius Mountain Resort in South Tyrol is accessible only by cable car which is 15000 meters above sea level. No roads, no traffic, no noise. Inspirational views of the surrounding Dolomites with their ever-changing colors act as the backdrop for this eco-inclined mountain hideaway where awareness coexists with aesthetics, and everything revolves around nature and landscape. One can witness views from every side of the room, from the sunrises and sunsets of the east/west-facing guestrooms to the enormous picture window and terraces of the hedonistic spa.
Exceptional autumnal interiors and an exquisite Alpine and North Italian cuisine round off the respite from cares and worries, which are left behind far below. An exclusive refuge to indulge, relax and fully detach to find tranquility, serenity and inner peace.
A mesmerizing monument to DE constructivist aesthetics lies mere steps from Milan’s Duomo cathedral and La Scala opera house. Rooms are spacious and hallmarks oxidized brass and split & slate, an atmosphere of warmth and well-being from scrappy, burnished iron and hard-edged materials. The 66 guestrooms come in either a light or dark color palette and exude intimacy despite (or perhaps because of) the hints of industrial design. This hotel also offers several spa kind of rooms which include massage chairs and aromatherapy treatments.
6 Rockaway lodge, England:
The owners of this home nestled in the heart of the woodlands near Bath built the eco-house themselves!
There’s wooden furniture, large windows overlooking the impressive oak trees, not to mention the food served is vegan – sourced from the site’s own vegetable garden. Even the beds are ecological – they’re made of bamboo with all-cotton bedding.
7 Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico:
This all-inclusive resort remains a firm favorite for families after a holiday of a lifetime!
Right on the beach, it offers a jam-packed activity program including watersports, bicycle tours, snorkeling and flag football, not to mention kids can take part in treasure hunts, arts and crafts and sand castle building.
Rooms range from family-friendly accommodation to adult-only ‘Zen gardens’, but no matter where you’re staying there’s plenty of beautiful plants and scenic views to take in.
Its commitment to the environment is equally impressive: the resort uses biodegradable toiletries, has energy-saving light controls, not to mention they recycle and donate leftover food.
8 Tambo Del Inka, Peru:
This luxury collection Resort & Spa has everything you need for ultimate relaxation.
The outdoor thermal pool offers unrivalled views of Machu Picchu, there are plenty of treatments available at the tranquil spa, and there are countless restaurants where you can dine before going back to your room and falling into the extra-comfortable beds.
The resort uses a geothermal heating and cooling system so there’s minimal effect on the landscape, staff are trained to be as environmentally-conscious as possible, and organic and biodegradable ingredients are used for toiletry products.
They also use alternative water sources to keep the gardens looking lusciously green, for example by collecting rainwater.