Bio Architecture is a blend of the benefits of nature with technology and design in the building. It is taking structure from nature and reflecting it onto design and construction. Understanding the natural environment brings a fresh outlook to tackling the emerging problems of today. Bio-architecture has the potential to transform the cities into a sustainable ecosystem which hampers the degradation.
‘Put your hands Together’ (PYHT), a bio-architecture enthusiast firm that excels at constructing eco-friendly projects. Their choice of using natural materials in their designs is their unique proposition, the very spirit of bio-architecture. Shahveer Irani, cofounder of Put your hands together, Bio-Architects highlights the tranquility a material provides to the design which aligns with the ecosystem.
Here are 5 reasons why you should consider to incorporate bio-architecture when designing and working on a new project. Architects need compel themselves to make it a habit to include these strategies into their designs.
Buildings are responsible for 33 per cent of global energy consumption, Thus, Architects play a significant role in addressing climate change. Incorporating bio-architecture helps in the reduction of operational and embodied carbon emissions throughout the life cycle of a building. One way to achieve this is by using lightweight, alternative materials or bio-sourced materials like wood, hemp wool, bamboo and earth. Bio- Architecture also included using recycled material which eliminates the need for extracting and processing new material, thus further lowering the carbon emission.
Designing a building based on cues from the local climate ensures a sustainable way to achieve thermal comfort that is in sync with the natural environment. This includes avoiding polluting materials, ensuring local biodiversity health and making energy-efficient designs.
Shahveer Irani, the bio-architect gives an example of how incorporating bio-architecture strategies made a significant difference of 7 degrees celsius from the external temperature. The strategies that help optimise thermal comfort include- Bioclimatic design, Controlling the use and size of spaces, and sustainable and smart materials.
An inconsiderately conceived design in urban areas divides us from nature. Bio-architecture invigorates this lost bond by reconnecting with our wild proximity. Since Bio-architecture uses natural materials and biophilia to create a sense of place and belonging. The materials help connect to nature. Buildings affect our mental and physical health that react to the spatial arrangement in which we dwell. Walking in a concrete building with large glass windows makes one feel overwhelmed. On the contrary, if you step into a traditional setting of brick, bamboo spaces, there is a feeling of peace.
Like most investments, an investment in bio-architecture starts showing its benefits over a longer time. Compounding and waiting for these returns cause long term value for its users. Transforming household designs by, say, saving water, passive design strategies, energy-efficient fixtures and materials result in financial savings as well. Nature considerate construction is an opportunity for businesses as well as individuals to reduce the impact on the surroundings while making and saving money. Thus, sustainability is not only good for the environment but is also profitable to the pocket.
Contemporary environmental issues like climate change, pollution and destruction of the landscape; bio-architecture and biomimicry is an attempt to create a difference to address these problems. The conventional thought is reiterated into a more efficient ecology which reflects one's sustainable values and considerations toward nature. These strategies become a deterrent to new environmental concerns and solutions. Bio-architecture designs give you a sense of contribution.
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