Climate change is bringing about new design challenges for architects around the world. With natural disasters happening at a higher rate, architects are faced with the challenge of building resilient homes that can withstand hurricanes and floods, while also lowering the environmental footprint of constructing a home. Currently, buildings in the U.S. consume 40% of energy and emit close to half of the country’s CO2 annually. Traditional building methods and building materials negatively affect our surrounding environment and heavily contribute to global warming.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Architects are now starting to design homes that are more energy efficient by using low tech solutions like passive ventilation and including solar and geothermal heating. There is also the option of using plant based building materials like hemp-lime, which can be used as an insulator and a humidity buffer for buildings. In addition, homes that are made out of adobe are both cost effective and energy efficient. The material which is made out of clay, sand and straw allows for passive cooling to occur, meaning your home will stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Would you live in a adobe home? Comment below 🏡