Paul Geraedts

How architectural innovations will be key in the fight against global warming

In the fight against global warming, everyone has to do their part to make sure the planet doesn’t heat up even more. Architectural innovations will thus play an important role in the fight against this. New techniques can -quite literally – contribute to a cooling effect on our planet. Find out how these innovations will play a part in our society below.

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A state of emergency

The urgency of the matter has recently been acknowledged by the Royal British Institute of Architects (RIBA) as they recently declared a state of emergency. “The climate emergency is the biggest challenge facing our planet and our profession,” said RIBA president Ben Derbyshire. According to RIBA, it is no longer enough to be watching from the sideline but to make real changes that will have significant effects on our planet. In order to do so, architects must ‘transform’ their practices, making use of climate-friendly architectural innovations which can have a sizeable impact.

The main issue: Use less concrete

A very significant improvement would be if we could stop using concrete altogether. Worldwide, concrete production is responsible for 8% of carbon emissions. Concrete is the foundation of almost every building project, but that doesn’t mean that it is always necessary or that it can’t be more eco friendly. One of the exciting new trends is the use of alternatives to concrete that are starting to gain momentum.

Architectural innovations that can reduce concrete use

For example, there is hempcrete, a concrete-like building material made out of hemp fibers. Or ashcrete, a potential alternative made out of fly ash, a byproduct of coal-burning. Although these architectural innovations look promising, they aren’t yet commonplace as long as concrete will be far easier (and cheaper) to produce. So for now, it’s necessary for architects to focus on reducing concrete use, and for concrete manufacturers to create solutions to produce concrete more energy-efficient.

Environmentally friendly architecture

However, it’s not all negative news. Because if there is one professional group that loves a good challenge and embraces innovations, it’s architects. Architectural innovations create new opportunities for cool, green designs and around the world, more and more innovations are used. One of the easiest to do is the use of indigenous materials, which is a great way to reduce the carbon footprint of building material transportation.

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Green walls and energy-neutral building

Another architectural innovation is the use of green roofs and/or walls, which neutralizes carbon emissions and has a cooling effect on cities. Energy neutral buildings are key in reducing carbon emissions too, and it’s a good thing that there are more solutions to achieve this. Solar panels, water conservation techniques and efficient heating techniques are being used alongside energy-efficient architectural innovations.

A cool video about environmentally friendly architecture around the world.

All small contributions help

In the fight against global warming, all small contributions and architectural innovations amount to a big combined effort. At Xuver, we understand this. One of the benefits of using our online 3D viewer is making sure that 3D designs can be viewed without traveling to clients. This will lower your carbon footprint as the time you spend in your car will be reduced by about 50%. Using Xuver will also quicken approval times and overall project efficiency, further resulting in ‘greener’ architectural projects. Ecologically-friendly architecture is the way of the future, and as Xuver we are thrilled to be a part of it!

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