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. Companies and governments that have advanced design strategies have more potential to apply sustainable design than others.
Environmental design, environmentally conscious design, and environmentally sustainable design are all labels suggested for sustainable designed materials. Following examples might help you to build the sustainable ideas resulting in a productive and economical contribution in the society:
- Solar cookers:
In the unindustrialized world, indoor air pollution is a bigger problem for people’s health than outdoor, because they use fires to cook and the soot/smoke affects their lungs badly. The World Health Organization has assessed this pollution leads to the deaths of 2 million women and children each year. The use of wood for kitchen fires also causes local deforestation problems, destroying animal habitat and other ecosystem functions. People (in general women and girls) have to walk distances each day to gather wood, taking time away from school or other economic activities.
This has to be the simplest concept, it comes in various sustainable designs. Solar Cookers International says they make on that costs $5, and will last two years. Shiny metal – literally aluminum foil – directs sunlight into a dark pot or box, which absorbs the energy and turns it into heat. Dark colors are light absorbent in nature hence they suck in more UV-rays than light colors. A glass covering over the box may be used to create a greenhouse effect – sunlight can spear in, but the glass keeps the heat from escaping out. And it gets sizzling enough to cook anything! Meat, bread, rice. It can also be used to boil water, effectively purifying it of certain harmful bacteria.
- Hydraulic power plant in Norway:
The hydraulic power plant in Norway shows everyone that even the most technical and functional of public works projects don’t have to be boring. The structure is a beautiful expression of what it means to collect renewable energy in the modern world. The formal expression paired with intense materiality reflects the serene landscape it sits adjacent to, and even raises awareness for the importance of a world rid of oil dependency. The Ebony wood siding will naturally develop a silver patina over time, mimicking the ever-changing beauty of the outdoors. A truly expression of sustainable design.
- Exterior sliding:
Sustainability means durability. The most eco-friendly thing you can do when designing a building is making sure it stands up for the next 100 years. This reduces waste and energy costs over the course of a few decades and has the potential to make a huge long-term impact on global ecology. Using low-maintenance, long-lasting siding products, like the shiplap siding used in this student housing project, helps ensure a long life for the structure.
- LED lights:
Keeping your interiors bright is necessary for a cheerful and optimistic mode at home and is important for any piece of architecture. However, all that artificial light can quickly run up your electricity bill – not to mention negatively impact the environment. The Waldorf School in Fredrik tad, Norway uses LED lighting to great effect. The structure has a distinctly modern design that promotes indoor air and light quality. When the large, strategically placed windows are flooding the interior with natural light, a unique selection of hanging LED bulbs does the trick.
- Reusing the recycling materials:
This marina for the company Go Boat is meant to promote the beauty of the surrounding water by bringing people closer to it. They use recycled plastic to construct their boats, which complements nicely the sustainable wood that extends across the entire marina as well as within each boat. The project hopes to boost Stockholm’s water tourism while at the same time showing people that not all new products needs to come from unused raw materials.
- Ventilated open areas:
Cutting down your reliance on active heating and cooling systems are a great way to reduce your impact on energy consumption. The above shown Tommy Bahamas store in Disney springs build-out utilizes open windows on all sides of the retail space, allowing the cool air to freely flow through the interior. This gives shoppers and restaurant patrons a comfortable browsing experience without the use of massive, power-sucking air handlers. It’s the perfect touch for a store that embodies the open-air feel of an actual walk on the beach.
- Use eco-friendly homage appliances/furniture:
The best way to spread the eco-friendly love is to make it approachable. Sometimes taking these things too seriously has a way of turning people away who aren’t looking to face some of the hard truths about the health of our planet. The project by Get Living London exactly aims to do that- it uses design to poke fun at itself and also brings communities together and talking about the importance of healthy living. Healthy living translates to a healthy planet by being aware of the environments we inhabit.
To scope for zero waste, products have to either be robust enough to last for a long time or be fully recycled and altered completely into new products. Liable on the above methods can help recycle products more than one time and decrease the dependence on Earth’s resources. The designed principles mentioned above take into consideration the environment, people, economy, and culture. Every product or service design should consider these four factors. For example, the materials embedded in products should reflect concern for consumer safety and fit the cultural context in which they will be used.
Some obstacles that face some sustainable products are the result of a lack of consideration for these four values. In order to attract consumers to use a sustainable product, it should also address customer needs and compete in cost with other products on the market.