With a rapidly growing population, humankind has finally realized that green solutions are the only way to go when it comes to properly using the finite amount of resources it has left. This is true for every htmlect of our existence, and it doesn’t come as a surprise that we see incredible developments on the environmental front even in construction. We’ve decided to take a look at a few buildings from around the globe, that are known to be shining examples when it comes to co-existing with nature in an efficient way.
When urban expansion has forced farmers to bump shoulders from the lack of space, many nature-conscious architects conceptualized on a new way to create farms – pointing up to the sky. While the only “vertical farms” that are built today are known to be only a couple of floors high, making a skyscraper is difficult but not impossible. In addition to saving space, farm-buildings are known to be resource efficient.
In addition to being solar-powered, their enclosed environment allows crops to be protected from harsh natural environments such as hail, heavy rain, or scorching temperatures. The fact that one such farm is mostly a closed system, means that most of the water can be produced by the process of condensation. Vertical farming is the method that will feed the future, and it is already implemented in real use – the Pasona office in Tokyo, Japan is one such building dedicated to the idea.
This example is straight out of the science fiction books! By now, almost every Internet user (and not only) has heard about the car brand Tesla, but what about the production facility that creates the batteries for its electric cars? Also hailed as the largest battery factory in the world, “Gigafactory 1” as it is also called, is going to be the largest square-footage building in the world. What is more interesting about it, that it will run on 100% renewable energy, as its roof will be made up of solar panels.
The need for the better processing of our waste has given humanity ideas on how to combat a couple of very important environmental issues – housing and pollution. In some rural areas in South America, Africa, and Asia, people are utilizing waste plastic, glass, and rubber as rudimentary construction materials. Combined with a few solar panels and a wind turbine, houses made from waste materials provide superb living conditions.