Sustainability is big news in the building industry and in 2018 there are some exciting trends to take us into the future.
Getting flexible about space
Cities are becoming denser and space is often at a premium. In this environment, building design is all about doing more with less. The clever use of space has never been more important. Dividing walls are on the way out, making way for more open plan designs with lots of space to enjoy. Larger spaces may be more multi-purpose in place of separate rooms for a specific purpose. Furniture is becoming more multi-purpose too and can include storage space.
Homes and buildings are blending into the natural environment by complementing the surrounds. Colour palettes and materials are being chosen for their compatibility with the setting of the home. Natural materials from the site, like rocks and timbers, are being used in building to create a truly authentic fit. Orientation and height of buildings are also being informed by the lay of the land. Green roofs and walls are collecting rainwater, providing insulation, and helping buildings blend into the environs.
Passive design is growing in reputation although there aren’t a lot of examples within the Australian building scene – yet. Passive design incorporates layout, orientation, and the use of innovation, like glazed windows, to encourage passive heating and cooling in buildings. It’s about strategic design to create low-energy living.
Reconnecting with nature
Buildings are now open to the outdoors and to loads of natural light. Interiors of houses are being increasingly connected to the outdoors blurring the lines between indoors and out and creating a flow-on living space. Sliding doors and uninterrupted windows help create this illusion as does including green space indoors. Furniture is now making its way outside to encourage outdoor living and further blur the boundaries.
These sustainable building design elements are spectacular for our Sunshine Coast climate and lifestyle. What ideas do you have for increasing the sustainability and livability of your home?