SME's Guide to Progressive & Sustainable Design Without Breaking the Bank


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As the construction industry transforms into a smarter and more sustainable future, the amount of investment required might be intimidating for small and medium-sized businesses. However, being environmentally friendly does not always mean it will cost you a lot–more often than not, it will even save you money in the long run.


To help you with your journey, here are the things you should remember to build progressively and sustainably without breaking the bank!


The Better Way to Build

In the construction industry, sound design and sustainability go hand in hand. They both emphasize the structure's durability, making the concept of green building possible even on a tight budget. By going back to the fundamentals of a good building design, the quality of the materials used and even how it is constructed are taken into consideration. A properly constructed building will have sustainable characteristics intrinsically, leading to a healthier, more cost-effective, and environmentally friendly home.


Location Is Key

Location is more significant than you may realize. The most effective green design will make use of natural sunlight, ventilation, and even materials that are ideal for the project's location. By responding to the area of the sun and wind and using them to assist heat or cool the property, you can maximize available resources and even save you from having an enormous operational cost in the long run. This also reduces reliance on energy for lighting, HVAC, and material transportation.


Everything Relies on Efficiency

It is essential to carefully select materials depending on location and invest in items that provide a quick return on investment. However, the price should not be the only concern–your materials' durability and long-term impact should also be considered! Look into the possibility of conserving energy, water, materials, and human resources.


Understanding and combining material properties, design, and construction methods is key to cost-effective and progressive construction. We can accomplish this by adequately understanding materials' interactions at all levels. We all have a role to play if we want to support a more innovative, cleaner future for the building industry, and green building is definitely a step in the right direction–plus, it has the potential to bring businesses additional value. Take small strides towards being more sustainable, think efficient, think smart, and act green!


Source:

http://buildipedia.com/aec-pros/design-news/building-green-on-a-budget-advice-from-leading-architects


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