Natural Materials

In the pursuit of sustainable architecture, the choice of materials holds paramount importance. Opting for natural materials not only reduces the carbon footprint but also promotes healthier living environments. Asish Batra, Founder and Principal Designer of Uniifyy suggests, “Bamboo stands out as a rapidly renewable natural resource, prized for its strength and versatility, making it a popular choice for nature-friendly furniture, flooring, and decorative elements. Equally crucial is the use of recycled materials, such as reclaimed wood, metal, or glass, which reduces waste while minimising the demand for new resources.”

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Sustainability in Fabrics

The green architecture extends its influence beyond the building’s structure to interior design. Ridhima Singh, founder and chief creative officer of Danza Del Design, says, “Opting for sustainable fabrics such as organic hemp and recycled materials for furniture upholstery and curtains can enhance the eco-friendliness of interior spaces. These fabrics elevate the aesthetics of the living or working area as well as contribute to improved indoor air quality and overall well-being by eliminating harmful chemicals.”

Sustainable textiles are often produced using fewer resources, water, and energy compared to conventional textiles, making them a responsible choice. Rahul Leeka, founder of Mirzia Rugs, explains, “By choosing eco-conscious fabrics for rugs and carpets promotes a healthier indoor atmosphere while controlling the negative impact on the environment. Further, these fabrics support fair trade practices, ensuring ethical practices. Introducing eco-conscious rugs and carpets in home interiors is a tangible way to demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and promote eco-consciousness among building occupants.”

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Energy-Efficient Lighting

Energy-efficient lighting is a pragmatic approach to sustainable architecture. LED lighting, with its low energy consumption and extended lifespan, has become a game-changer in the industry. Suraj Mittal, founder and principal architect of Future Concepts, suggests, “Replacing traditional incandescent bulbs with LED alternatives significantly reduces energy usage and operational costs. Integrating smart lighting controls like motion sensors ensures that lights are only active when needed, further optimising energy consumption.”

Rohit Bohite, founder and principal designer of RB House of Design, says, “By prioritizing energy-efficient lighting solutions, architects contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and conserving valuable natural resources. Embracing smart lighting systems such as dimmable lighting aligns with sustainable practices, encouraging widespread adoption of environmentally responsible technologies.”

Natural Light & Greenery

Maximising natural light and incorporating greenery are key aspects of green architecture. “There is nothing better than natural light flowing inside the house as this reduces reliance on artificial lighting and enhances the well-being and productivity of occupants. Strategically integrating large windows, skylights, and light wells allows daylight to penetrate into the interiors,” explains Bhuvan Kapila, founder and principal architect, Workshop for Metropolitan Architecture.

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Furthermore, Nikita Bajaj Pathak, founder and principal architect of Design21, asserts, “Incorporating green elements such as living walls, rooftop gardens, and indoor plants provides numerous benefits. These green spaces enhance indoor air quality by filtering pollutants and increasing oxygen levels while creating serene and rejuvenating spaces for occupants to enjoy.” Exposure to natural light and greenery has been linked to improved mental health, reduced stress levels, and increased productivity, making it an essential consideration in green architecture.

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As the demand for sustainable solutions grows, adopting a mindful and thoughtful approach to design becomes increasingly crucial for architects & designers. Embracing green practices in design not only reflects a commitment to environmental stewardship but also paves the way for a brighter and more eco-conscious future for generations to come.

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