Paul Geraedts

Sustainable architecture: is it possible to build waste-free?

In the architecture world, its seen as an inevitable fact that building produces waste. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be like that. As different industries become more aware of the necessity of sustainable architecture, building waste-free is starting to become a mantra that more architects try to live by. Lately, there have been some interesting achievements. Let’s look at some examples of sustainable building and waste-free building.

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No more concrete jungles?

In the 20th century we saw the rise of concrete jungles, which lead to an insane production of concrete, the main building material worldwide. Nowadays, concrete production accounts for 39 percent of CO2 emission, so something needs to change in order to make new architecture sustainable and waste-free. Although sustainable building might sound like a naive utopia, within the architecture industry the idea is starting to take hold.

A big architecture firm at the forefront

In order to truly achieve change in the building and architecture industry, big cities and architecture firms need to be on board. This year, 23 world cities, including London, New York and Tokyo, signed the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration, a commitment to build carbon-free and sustainable. Foster + Partners, a household name in world architecture, is the first major architecture firm that signed the agreement, pledging to have all of their new buildings designed carbon-free by 2030. As a big architecture firm on the forefront of this new movement, it is expected that more companies and architects will follow.

Sustainable building in practice

But how realistic is that goal really? Let’s look at some examples of the recent past and ones that are still in the making. First of all, Foster + Partners seems to be living up to their new standards by designing ‘the world’s most sustainable office’, the Bloomberg headquarters in London. This massive building claims to be completely carbon-neutral.

The Bloomberg Headquarters in London, the most sustainable office building in the world

Another example of sustainable architecture

And then there’s another incredible design that is currently under development in Lund, Sweden. The new Science Museum of Lund (cover photo of this article) needs to be finished in 2024 and will be made completely out of wood. Another amazing aspect of this design is that it will be partly powered by energy-producing bicycles that can be ridden by people on the roof of the building. The new museum has to put Lund on the map as a science and engineering city.

The new science museum of Lund, Sweden. To be opened in 2024.

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Reduce waste on all fronts

Building sustainable means reducing waste wherever you can. Naturally, that would mean trying to reduce all waste on all fronts. With efficient visualization techniques such as Xuver, you can achieve more in less time. Showing your design in Xuver quickens the overall decision-making process.

Sustainable architecture with Xuver

Where it would normally take two or three trips to your clients to show them what you designed, it now takes only one virtual tour in Xuver. Your clients will truly get an idea because they actually walk inside the virtual model. This will smoothen the overall process. And after all: efficient working leads to reduced waste. Click on the button below to start using Xuver for your next sustainable architecture project.

Showing your 3D design in Xuver will help to smoothen the overall process and make everything more sustainable.
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Learn more about Xuver!

Would you like to know more about what Xuver can do for you and how easily it can be used in sustainable architecture? The articles recommended below can be read to get yourself acquainted with the world’s first in-browser viewer. Or feel free to contact us.

Further reading:
1. a 3D viewer within the browser, for architects and their clients
2. 5 questions about the online viewer by Xuver
3. How 3D visualization can help rebuilding the Notre Dame

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