Sustainability has become a predominant global issue as our collective human conscious seeks to find ways to repair the damage that we have caused to the environment and to ensure that future generations find the earth habitable. One of the main fields that has been profoundly impacted by our desire to conserve the environment, and reverse some of our negative effects on it is the global design industry.
It has become very apparent that for humans to continue existing in a clean world for generations to come, then sustainability has to be included in every aspect of every design process across the world.
Sustainability in this context refers to being able to meet our current needs using the natural resources at our disposal without compromising or diminishing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs using the earth’s natural resources.
The following are some of the core elements of sustainable design:
- Energy efficiency
Every design project initiated needs to factor in energy efficiency as well as guarantee minimal emission of greenhouse gases. Energy efficiency in this regard refers to the use of renewable energy sources whose production and use has minimal negative effects on the environment. Design projects that rely on the use of fossil fuels as sources of energy have not incorporated sustainability, and should no longer be commissioned to start.
Promotion of energy efficiency in design projects can be achieved through the use of energy star appliances, geothermal heating and photo-voltaic systems, wind turbines, and solar heating systems.
Using these energy efficient systems not only helps to bring the cost of starting, running, and maintaining the design project lower, it helps to significantly reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, which are the main culprits in environmental degradation.
- Efficient water management
Design projects should also emphasize efficient water consumption by intimating that only Water Sense and low flow water appliances and fixtures will be used during project development as well as during occupancy of the project.
Rainwater collection and storage is also a key facet of promoting water efficiency, and should be included in every design project even those that will be undertaken in urban areas.
Efficient irrigation systems as well as native planting considerations should factor into the design planning when it comes to areas that will be used for occupancy and agricultural practices. Implementing a greywater system is also an eco-friendly alternative that needs to be considered when designing plans for agricultural land use as well as human occupancy.
- Efficient waste management
The building constructors should also contribute to sustainable design by finding ways of recycling the waste products created during the construction, and use the recycled materials for practical purposes on and off the site. Every building constructor needs to have an efficient waste management plan, as well as effective strategies on minimizing waste at the site.
It is imperative that education on sustainable design is provided after the sustainable design project is completed. This education should be provided to the occupants of the project as well as members of the community that is surrounding the project. This will ensure that sustainability becomes part and parcel of the culture of that area.
If you would like to constantly the occupants of the project as well as surrounding communities regarding how to incorporate sustainability into a design project, then consider purchasing Sustainable design posters. Posters are very effective at spreading messages to a wide audience, and for making sure that the message sticks in the minds of the observers. Every time they see these posters, they will be reminded that it is their prerogative to undertake sustainable life, design, and business practices.