Green Architecture and Alternative Energy Sources

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A Breakdown of Alternative Energy Use in Modern Buildings

Green Buildings and Architecture

The breakthrough of green architecture around the globe occurred in the late 1970s, when the whole world experienced an increased need for natural resource preservation and eco-friendly living after the energy crisis. Perhaps the biggest results were achieved by countries with mild climates and short winters.

Various examples have been provided by green efforts in Asia, Latin America, Australia and the Mediterranean area. Green houses in these regions became a linkage point between humanity and nature. The rest of the world, comprised of highly industrialized states, now pays a great deal of attention to green architecture, with hotels, institutions and trade centers often constructed with renewable energy gadgets and lots of greenery.

In both cases, prices and construction expenses are high-priced; to offset the expenses, a good amount of money is saved later on energy expenditures, which have become more and more valuable lately. It goes without saying that green architecture is one of the most refreshing and promising trends in modern architecture. And much of it is presented during international exhibitions and conferences.

The Advantages of Green Architecture and Buildings

The advantages green buildings provide to society and to the planet tend to be quite obvious. Firstly, they are associated with the embedding of environmentally friendly technologies and techniques, which ensures the upholding of international ecological standards.

As an example, among the great many green architecture projects around the world, one can point out the additional work on the UNO building or the construction of the biggest skyscraper in the United States. Perhaps they stand as the most greatest evidence of green living.

Second, energy-saving technologies are also a strategic point of evaluation when it comes to determining just how green these buildings are. One of the clearest examples is the implementation of double glazed facades, embedded with ventilation systems. Additionally, these buildings are often equipped with special shutters, which change their angle of inclination, depending on the time of the day and the weather conditions.

340 on the Park, ChicagoThis simple action not only automatically adjusts the natural lighting inside the buildings, but also significantly reduces energy costs and the use of air conditioning. Expenses such as water usage might be reduced by organizing the central system of precipitation gathering and cleaning systems for drinking water.

Besides the possibility of solar panel implementation on a massive scale, green projects also feature the use of  wind turbines. They might be put on the certain floors of skyscrapers,  located within the building. In order to improve this technology, erected buildings are created in an optical shape. In this case, air masses enter the special channels of wind turbines and engage the installed wind generators.

Thus, all the necessary energy ends up being provided by the generators, which in turn greatly reduces the cost of additional types of energy. Moreover, such installation monitors the level of cooling, preventing the routine overheating of buildings during the hot period.

The development of ecologically-minded technologies has enabled the construction of the most incredible green buildings all over the world. To date, several construction projects fascinate us with their beautiful appearance as well as their successful use of green technologies.

Among these buildings it is appropriate to point out Pearl River in
Guangzhou (China, 2006-2010), 340 on the Park (skyscraper in Chicago, 2003-2007), Manama World Trade Center (Bahrain, 2008), Hurst Tower (New York, 2003 -2006), Bank of America Tower (New York, 2004 – 2009). All of these buildings reflect a synthesis of ecological innovations, technological solutions, and architect novelty.

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This has been a guest post for Easy Ways to Go Green. Photos Via: 200403203.edu.glogster; Wikipedia.

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