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The Environment Enhancing Benefits of Green Architecture

Green architecture is a term used to define a particular type of construction seen as environmentally friendly by everyone in the industry from architects to owners. By utilising environmentally friendly materials (see our recommendations for replacement glass installations at , layouts and building design, it can become a possibility to minimise the effects of the construction on both human health – as well as the natural environment. Just like regular buildings, those that are designed and developed with the environment in mind can be just as functional and structurally sound as their more traditional counterparts.

What do these construction projects require?

In the majority of instances a green construction project will often need an expert, often referred to as a ‘green’ architect who conducts a full building and inspection report and green sustainable planning report before a site is zoned. These individuals will usually boast the same types of qualifications as regular architects, although they will often incorporate more organic techniques when it comes to construction and carrying out building inspections. These techniques will often utilise natural materials that take a minimal toll on the environment, whilst offering the structural integrity of common materials such as brick and metal.

Which types of materials are typically used?

There are dozens of naturally sourced materials that can be used when constructing an environmentally friendly building. Many of them are overlooked, due to the wider availability of other types of resources such as brick, metal and glass. Within most green buildings, an architect can plan on using materials such as self-healing concrete, clay, flax seeds, baked earth particles, insulation made from brown-in fibre, sustainably harvested wood and even recycled clothing, such as denim.

Although these types of materials might not be seen as the most suitable when it comes to construction, the reality is that when properly heat treated and implemented they can be just as, if not stronger, than regular materials. Self-healing concrete in particular is based on an Ancient Roman technique and its reliability can still be seen within the columns and architecture dating back to the Roman Empire.

And what are the benefits of a green building?

The word green is often used to depict an environmentally friendly product or service – and when it comes to this type of architecture, the term is used to define natural design and functionality that can minimise the harmful effect that so many modern buildings expose the environment to. By offering a minimal carbon footprint, a renewable source of energy and a lessened exposure to harmful radiation, electronic surges and magnetic fields; those within green buildings can enjoy a safer workplace or place of residence, whilst being able to minimise their impact on the environment. Note that all finished construction should be subject to a full building inspection report prior to final payment to ensure the construction has met full specifications.

Furthermore, these types of buildings can often cost less to manufacture – due to their use of natural materials and resources. When designed by an architect and constructed by professionals, the potential for a green building to outlast even the most modern alternatives can be substantial. If more buildings made use of renewable and re-usable energies human effects on the environment could be reduced even further – and this is why many businesses, authorities and home owners are starting to consider the earth-benefitting potential.

The Latest Design Trends in Home Building

Every year roughly 10,000 new homes are constructed in Australia and the vast majority of them are built by those wanting to create their ideal properties to share with their children and families. As easy as it can be to opt for traditional styles and aesthetics, design trends have taken a massive shift in 2017, with new homes built in Sydney looking more luxurious and elaborate than ever before.

For those wanting to enjoy the latest design trends and the most up to date style, we’ve compiled this list of the hottest looks and the most fashionable ideas to help to ensure that your home looks as great as it feels.

Adding extensions

Many home building agencies will specialise in adding extensions to pre-existing homes and this can be an ideal solution for those wanting to add few new features to their property. Extensions can be built outwards, as well as upwards. Some homes might have space to add a garage, a new shed, or an outdoor feature; while others may have the structural support to build up. In any event – a good extension can make a lot of difference to a home and the more that it matches the look of the property, the better the results can be.

Implementing glass features

Many home designers are introducing glass features within homes – and outside of them. Some are replacing entire walls with glass panelling and not only can this look very appealing within a property; it can also allow a lot more light in, whilst making it easy to travel from room to room. Most glass will be tempered and support beams will need to be placed to help a properties’ structural strength; but it will always be an option to install glass doors around the outside of a home, especially when doing so within a conservatory.

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Converting outdoor garden spaces 

Plenty of property owners are considering modifying their outdoor spaces to make better use of the shape available. In 2018, many people are considering adding appealing and functional features to their gardens; both front and back in their gardening projects.


Feature pools in gardens

Although some homes might feature pools, an increasing trend is having rock walls with slides built around the edge of pools to provide a little more enjoyment during those warmer months. Some people are opting to have relaxing water features installed and others are choosing to set up pergolas to provide shade, whilst offering somewhere comfortable to sit whilst enjoying the garden.

Enjoying a garden: simplicity & elegance

One of the biggest trends taking place in 2018 is simplicity. Simple elegance works by eliminating excessive features in favour of having clean, exciting spaces installed that act as functional areas, whilst adding a little style and elegance to a home.

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