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clean energy + architecture

Clean, sustainable and renewable energy, oh my

Sustainable energy is derived from resources that can maintain current operations without jeopardizing the energy needs or climate of future generations. The most popular sources of sustainable energy, including wind, solar and hydropower, are also renewable.

Renewable energy is defined by the time it takes to replenish the primary energy resource, compared to the rate at which energy is used. This is why traditional resources like coal and oil, which take an unuseful amount of years to form, are not considered renewable. On the other hand, solar power can always be replenished, even though conditions are not always optimal for maximizing production.

 

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What Does Sustainability in Architecture Look Like?

An eco-friendly approach to modern-day building encompasses every aspect of the planning and construction process, including the choice of building materials; the design and implementation of heating, cooling, plumbing, waste, and ventilation systems; and the integration of the built environment into the natural landscape. 

The most critical goal of sustainable architecture is to maximize energy efficiency during the entire life cycle of the building. Buildings can be designed to capture or generate their own energy using a variety of passive or active techniques.

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Branding can differentiate sustainable architectural practices

Visual branding is an excellent, sustainable way to promote and showcase your eco-friendly building and energy values, differentiate your building practices over other firms who do not, and build important awareness.

Anything sustainable seeks to reduce, if not eliminate, the negative impacts on the environment. The positive outcomes of this should be declared with aesthetically pleasing brand design and marketing.

Clean energy implementation is an intrinsic aspect of sustainable architectural design, including optimized site potential; minimizing non-renewable energy consumption; protecting and conserving water use; efficient HVAC practices among other steps.

The successful application of sustainability into your practice can lead to good design both in terms of aesthetics and performance, and can assist in winning design awards, as well as provide a marketing advantage with clients.