The Rise of Sustainable Architecture
November 18, 2021
Due to the increasing awareness of global warming, an approach known as ‘sustainable architecture’ is currently on the rise throughout the world. It is now being widely promoted among architects and developers as the perfect strategy to solve environmental issues. But, why is sustainable architecture important? Here is an explanation that will answer the particular question.
Sustainable Architecture Promotes the Wellbeing of the Surrounding Community
Oftentimes, developing sustainable buildings is not merely about lessening the carbon footprint. It is usually designed to improve people’s welfare as well. This is because the sustainable principle of the building will shape the neighborhood and consequently have a social impact on communities.
Moreover, as stated by A9 Architecture, communities founded on principles of sustainable development may strive to provide abundant educational resources, career development opportunities, and social services. By all means, sustainable architecture is often broadened to include the protection and development of human resources.
Sustainable Architecture Benefits the Economy
Through integrated designs, technologies, and innovative use of materials, sustainable architecture provides financial rewards for building owners and/or occupants. It offers economic benefits from the conceptual stage of a project, which includes reducing infrastructure costs, energy/water costs, and pollution damage. Furthermore, sustainable architecture involves less maintenance, which saves the occupants’ time and money.
To encourage the growth of numbers of sustainable buildings, several countries also offer economic advantages in the form of tax incentives within the green building field. This has been adopted by most commonwealth countries. Besides that, sustainable architecture is also good in terms of return on investment. Certain sustainable building measures can lead to higher resale values.
Sustainable Architecture Preserves the Mother Earth
In the need to protect the Earth and preserve it for future generations, sustainable architecture also ensures its approach to be environmentally-friendly. By using innovative technologies and renewable energy, it creates a healthier environment and reduces waste. Through the use of natural materials and clean energy sources, it also improves indoor air quality.
To implement it, the use of recycled materials and certified wood products is now encouraged. But, keep in mind that wood becomes renewable if only managed and harvested correctly. So, make sure to only buy and use products that are FSC®️ (Forest Stewardship Council®️) certified. FSC®️-certification ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social, and economic benefits.
As a wood company that implements zero waste principles, all Kayu Lapis Indonesia’s (KLI) products are FSC®️-certified. They have all the legality and traceability documents needed to ensure responsible sourcing and compliance with the regulation. A year or two prior to harvesting, the trees were also registered using official barcodes from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Therefore, it’s possible to trace the source of KLI’s wood products.