As architects practicing in the 21st century, our responsibility towards creating sustainable and socially equitable buildings is paramount. Electricity and Heat Production sector accounts for a lion’s share of the global greenhouse gas emissions with a contribution of 25% of overall emissions. (IPCC, 2014) As electricity and heat production is primarily used to create thermally comfortable interior spaces and improve the lighting levels inside buildings, architect’s role in reducing these needs are seen as vital. The construction industry also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions as the processes to create materials such as cement, steel and other bricks are energy intensive. These materials are said to possess high embodies energy.
The good news is that, an informed architect, with a scientific approach and using advanced modelling, one can improve energy efficiency of the built environment. One can determine the fenestration design, shading typology, air movement facilitation, insulation and other climatic responses by performing relevant contextual studies. Lighting levels required can also be simulated and aid in deciding window size and placement. Additionally, using green construction technology, a blend of vernacular design and locally suitable materials, one can reduce emissions to a large extent.
However, these exercises to ensure sustainability in design can be time and resource consuming. Although many architects are aware of the implications, they may not have the resources to study and analyse buildings for climatic response and low embodied energy-based design. We at Mud Hands understand this dichotomy. We have been practicing climate responsive architecture from several years and are happy to share our knowledge and services.
Would you like to collaborate with Mud Hands as your sustainability partner?
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