The importance of altering the global lifestyle to be more eco-friendly has created innovation in many industries. Farming and manufacturing are two of the more well-known areas of environmentally-friendly changes, but some of the more basic human needs such as shelter and even clothing have been influenced by the cries for more sustainability. There are several new architectural designs that showcase where the future of eco-friendly living is headed.
Although not generally designed for long-term residency, using clearspan structures for sporting events, festivals, or other short-term need supports eco-friendly building. Temporary structures are built for durability, easy assembly, and simple maintenance. Construction materials usually include steel, fabrics, and other recyclable elements. These reduce waste and allow the materials to be reused in other applications.
Another way the architectural and construction industries are creating a more eco-friendly design for building is through incorporating recycled materials. One company has turned old corks from wine bottles into recycled flooring. They only work with natural cork, keeping the new product just as eco-friendly as the old one. There is also a company recycling waste glass from old windows and broken or unused solar panel elements. New glass tiles are the final product, reducing waste while providing a gorgeous aesthetic element to the home. Plastic is even getting in on the recycling effort, as companies like By Fusion are focusing on devising modular elements that can be used in a wide variety of building projects. These elements are all created from recycled plastic materials.
The choice of materials for home construction have also moved to be more eco-friendly. Bamboo towers were a semifinalist entry in the World Architecture Festival, playing on the quickly growing but extremely hardly bamboo found in India. California innovators have also constructed a home relying on solar energy but designed for the purpose of water conservation.
Eco-friendly living doesn’t have to be boring or even minimalist. Creative minds are bringing sustainable living to all areas of industry and daily application.