We all need to work together towards mastering the future era and sustaining a healthy planet for next generations. “Sustainability” covers a wide range of topics and applied to buildings and city planning we have to note all the relevant factors, understand how they interact and develop new models that can be integrated into the existing system. There is no recipe for this but current state-of the art construction practice has led to uneconomical buildings that ignore availability of natural resources and resulted in wildly sprawling cities. This energy crisis is our chance to re-define the ethical, social, and economic foundations of our cities. This will be the new driving force behind development and an opportunity for potential and sustainable growth.
We want to take it further by including people that share a common vision. Our philosophy is to build a community and to live in an environment that respects and values our planet and its resources.
9 main topics and challenges are discussed. Our visionary projects will address our core themes and integrate sustainable and innovative solutions on each topic. It might be a vision for the city of the future, a rural development or a renovation project with existing structure. Without further ado let’s talk about the next 3 themes:
Rising energy costs, growing dependence on energy imports from instable regions and air pollution need to be addressed with sustainable and cost effective solutions. A future responsibility is it to change to renewable sources and using local resources with optimized innovative technology to produce energy on site. In our team we will develop sustainable and coherent energy concept for each development individual relying mainly on renewable energy sources (eg houses with PV, wind energy, geothermal energy, power plants etc)
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Although 70% of the earth is covered with water, just 3% of the water is good for human consumption. In Canada we are lucky with our natural and fresh water available from the tab (in most regions). To be able to keep this luxury it is important to consider our usage with water. Grey water recycling, rainwater collection, low water consumption fixtures are great concepts to start on a small scale. Consideration during the planning phase for correct drainage (e.g. with permeable surface materials etc.) and planned storm water management offer solutions on a bigger scale to deal with heavy rains. Natural water filtration systems integrated in the urban landscape offer not only clean water but also add extra value to the city landscape.
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Daily waste gets carried out of our cities and dumped in landfills. This has huge consequences on our landscape and on nature and our health. Housing and cities are built on top of those landfills and our future generations will have to deal with toxins resulting from deposited trash. The principles to Re-duce, Re-use & Re-cycle are important and can be considered already in the planning phase. Being mindful during planning and construction on the materials that are used and the amount of materials can prevent more waste that otherwise would end on landfills. Furthermore feed the waste back into the loop, planning recycle centres/stations using waste to produce energy/heating homes (district heating plant –waste heat) and new evolutionary suck pipe infrastructure are innovative methods to deal with this problem.
The goal of our vision of a sustainable development is to conserve resources, prevent pollution and nurture environmental consciousness and conscious waste management.
This sums up Part 2 of this series – could we inspire you to take actions and maybe think about your direct environment and some positive change you could bring to it? Do you know about innovative concepts and projects that found solutions to those themes? Let us know!