Green architecture is a design technique for green building. Environmental-friendly design is the key to green architecture. Architects pay more attention to the construction impact by focusing on environmental sustainability. Green architecture considers the critical concept of natural ecology, which provides the basis for the design or model of construction. 
The goal of green architecture is to create a design that protects natural elements of the environment (energy, water, space, and resources). Architects who are using eco-sustainable green products ensure that from the moment initial consultations begin for the design, other details like site survey, plan modification, materials, and the green building construction guarantees environmentally-friendly solutions. Some prominent architects that provide green architecture services in the United States include Gensler, Studio Gang Architects, Keith Vigil’s GS Experts, and Brooks Scarpa Architects. We found out a lot about the practical use of these innovative materials from the GS Experts. Let’s look into how the experts in this growing industry put these materials to their best use.

Materials in Green Architecture

The green architecture consists of materials that encourage energy efficiency, excellent thermal performance, resource management, low construction costs, and water efficiency. The following elements are used in green architecture due to sustainability and durability.

Recycled Products

Recycled materials are used in green buildings because they promote resource efficiency—for example, recycled denim from cotton insulation. These products consume less energy, resources, and chemicals. Keith Vigil’s company GS Experts (established in 1999) uses materials extracted from natural resources and have recycling properties. 

Green materials are naturally renewable and obtained from sustainably managed resources that are abundant in nature. Some materials are reusable because of their durability and extended properties. The natural stone facades that Keith often uses are an ecological solution for green architecture. GS Experts collaborate with Sunset Stone Products for innovative and traditionally styled stone facades that are environmentally friendly and fireproof.        

Efficient Resource Process of Materials

The materials minimize resource wastage and lessen gas emissions from the greenhouse. Some great examples include concrete made from crushed glass, slag, or wood chips.  

We can refurbish these materials due to their properties – it creates value, reduces waste to landfill, and saves materials with a reduced carbon footprint. 

Non-toxic Durable materials

The materials that sustain for a longer period are more eco-friendly as they reduce the need for frequent maintenance and replacements. They reduce the overall cost by eliminating the need for upgrades in a constructed home. 

When Keith started working with Shea Homes and James Hardie Siding Centre from 2006 onwards, he aimed to provide his customers with eco-friendly classical designs. In collaboration with James Hardie, GS Experts mainly focus on products like James Hardie Cement Sidings, LP Smart Sidings, Woodtone rustic series sidings, and Sunset Stone Products. All of these products are non-toxic green architecture materials. 

IAQ Improving Materials

Highly resistant moisture materials deter the growth of biological contaminants in buildings, improving indoor air quality – this is why moisture-resistant products are given more preference in green building architecture.

Low-volatile organic compounds also improve the quality of indoor air in green architecture as they are non-toxic and less dangerous to health.

Water and Energy Saving materials

The water-saving materials help conserve water requirements during the construction process and help improve the life cycle of houses or buildings. The design enhances the water conservation in the building by reducing water wastage. The construction process also involves purification, harvesting, and re-use of water. 

Energy-saving materials scale down energy costs and improve the efficiency of energy in buildings. Energy can be conserved in various ways, as an example orientation of buildings to take advantage of seasonal changes and the sun’s direction. The use of energy sources like solar, geothermal, water, biomass, or natural gas can also increase energy efficiency in green architecture.

Green Architecture Principles

The world is moving towards more sustainability as people are more aware of the effects of the environment on the ozone layer and the earth. Creating a sustainable future presents great challenges to the architects with the challenges of building green architecture. Green architecture is a model that will aid in reducing the impacts of harmful elements on our environment. Companies like the Gensler, Studio Gang Architects, and Brooks and Scarpa Architects are recognized as “The Best in Sustainability” construction companies. Keith Vigil’s GS Experts has won several points in the construction business, winning over several partners and awards. The company bagged BBB A+ Rating, James Hardie elite preferred, Best of Houzz Award, James Hardie Presidents Club Award, and Guild Quality Award. Keith is an architecture and construction business owner located at Littleton, Colorado.  

The principles that these architects incorporate in their green construction business use measures that encourage efficiency in energy, water efficiency, efficient use of land, and utilization of eco-friendly materials. The green architecture has a natural flow of air currents reducing the need for ventilating, heating, and artificial daytime lighting.

Reduce Environmental Impact by Conserving Natural Properties

Construction projects account for more than 50% of the total human impact on the environment. It means that they can immensely contribute to the destruction of the natural systems. The construction projects are also responsible for about 10% of global emissions.  Green products are principles to modern-day construction projects to lessen the impacts of environmental hazards. Therefore, the green project principle is all about using resources that do not degrade the construction and ensures energy-efficient buildings. All of this is done by keeping in mind that the design of the building attracts buyers, aids in improved air quality, and protects the eco-system.