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Community co2 footprint reduction  5 innovative solutions | Newsletter Green Architecture

CO2 Footprint Reduction: 5 Innovative Solutions

by: C. Waldeon
co2 footprint reduction  5 innovative solutions | Newsletter

For decades, scientists have been warning us about global warming, and the consequences of human actions on the planet in the form of environmental disasters. The construction sector is today one of the major contributors to global warming and the climate crisis.

CO2 Footprint Reduction

According to data of the United Nations (UN), currently, 36% of the global energy is dedicated to buildings and 7 to 8% of all pollutant emissions are caused by the production of concrete alone. Therefore, the architectural community is directly related to climate change, through the energy wasted on buildings and material production for the construction sector. Reflecting on this, we have compiled a set of five projects from different parts of the world that offer solutions to aid the fight against the climate crisis. 

Recommended: CO2 Absorption: Does A Dutch Professor Have The Answer?



                                                  Using concrete to trap greenhouse gasses | The Fix

CO2 Footprint Reduction: Rotterdam Climate Initiative

In order to address the challenges of global climate change, and aiming to be the world capital of reduction of CO2 by reducing 50% of its carbon emissions, Rotterdam developed a set of self-sustainable floating structures, with ambitious plans to adapt to rising sea levels.

Clouds, people, 3 domes, tables, seats

What is the meaning of green architecture?
Green architecture, or green design, is an approach to building that minimizes the harmful effects of construction projects on human health and the environment. The "green" architect or designer attempts to safeguard air, water, and earth by choosing eco-friendly building materials and construction practices

The project is a catalyst for combating climate change, operating from three connected domes anchored within the Dutch city’s old harbor. The pavilion was designed by DeltaSync and Publicdomain Architects and is an unprecedented example of innovative, sustainable and climate-proof architecture. The idea is that the structures host different uses, but above all a community of floating houses. The translucent shelter relies on solar energy and its structure is made of anti-corrosive plastic ETFE, which is 100 times lighter than glass and therefore ideal for a floating structure.

Floating colored structure, bowl shaped, water

Recommended: Smart Cities Or Dumb Cities? Let’s Embrace Low Tech

CO2 Footprint Reduction: Innovative Solution Humanscapes Habitat

Built in India, this housing project is an applied research and demonstration project of Sustainable and Integrated Urban Living Project, used for benchmarking in housing. Appropriated due to the present global crisis of energy and climate change, it presents solutions in order to achieve a sustainable development, seeking to upgrade the capability of the currently unorganized construction sector of India, encouraging the transition of buildings with high embodied energy materials to technology and building materials that may reduce the carbon footprint. 

What are the main goals of green architecture?
Green architecture, philosophy of architecture that advocates sustainable energy sources, the conservation of energy, the reuse and safety of building materials, and the siting of a building with consideration of its impact on the environment.

Facade buildings, trees

Using local building materials and skills, the residences become a net energy-positive habitat by generating their own renewable energy. Some crucial items of the project are: zero-discharge of water, reduction and recycling of solid waste, local endemic species landscaping, and growing organic food. In addition, some natural consequences of the campus set-up are the reduction of journeys by integrating work and living spaces, coordinating community and infrastructure, as well as the adoption of clean mobility options like e-vehicles for external contact.

areal buildings, tees

Recommended: New Foodscape Alternatives Gets Attention In The Netherlands

CO2 Footprint Reduction: Innovative Solution From NLÉ Architects

The Makoko, floating school

Taking into account the impact of climate change and sea-level rise in the last few years, and the coastal erosion and tropical rains that have overloaded the current system, NLÉ Architects developed this project for Makoko school. It was designed as a floating prototype to encourage architecture and urbanism of the coastal cities of Africa, creating houses, community centers and playgrounds with the same system.

How can we reduce CO2 in construction?
8 steps to reduce embodied carbon in construction lifecycle
  • Reuse buildings instead of constructing new ones
  • Specify low-carbon concrete mixes
  • Limit carbon-intensive materials
  • Choose lower carbon alternatives
  • Choose carbon sequestering materials
  • Reuse materials
  • Use high-recycled content materials
  • Maximize structural efficiency

Floating, structure, wood, frame, water

Recommended: A Floating Airport Cutting Edge Madness Or Visionary?

Designed for 100 students and their teachers, the school offers 100m² of area and 10 meters of ceiling height. The project uses around 256 recycled plastic barrels to float on the water and reused wood structure. The electricity relies on solar panels, while the rainwater collection facilitates the use of odorless composting, installed as a solution for the nonexistent sewer system, making it self-sustainable.

Triangle, floating, structure, night

Recommended: Floating Cities: A Sustainable Concept For Future Communities

CO2 Reduction: Innovative Solution Archifest Zero Waste Pavilion

Using zero waste as a constructive strategy, this project was developed around two highly rapidly deployable and reusable systems. The zero-waste strategy considered time, materials, costs and the afterlife of the elements.

How do you become carbon neutral?
Carbon-neutral status can be achieved in two ways: Balancing carbon dioxide emissions with carbon removal beyond natural processes, often through carbon offsetting, or the process of removing or sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to make up for emissions elsewhere

Alley, waste pavilion

  • The box-truss system, including the roof, takes a maximum of approximately 7 days to deploy
  • The membrane takes a maximum of approximately 3 days to install
  • Overall, the time frame to complete WonderWall would be of about 10-15 days
  • The cellular membrane once taken down can be reused for other functions.Thanks to WOW Architects

Recommended: How An Artificial Leaf Sucks CO2 And Makes Fuel. Amazing!

Innovative Solution 5: Oceanix City, Bjarke Ingels Group

As part of UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda, this project developed by Bjarke Ingels Group seeks to respond to the imminent threat of climate change, proposing the creation of the world’s first resilient and sustainable floating community, designed to accommodate 10.000 people. “Oceanix City” is a response to the prediction that by 2050, 90% of the world’s largest cities will be exposed to rising seas, resulting in mass displacement, and the destruction of homes and infrastructure. The scheme is anchored in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, enacting circular flows of food, energy, water, and waste, becoming self-sustainable.

View, outwards, green, water, balconies

According to Ingels, "The only constant in the universe is change. Our world is always changing, and right now, our climate is changing. No matter how critical the crisis is, and it is, this is also our collective human superpower. That we have the power to adapt to change and we have the power to give form to our future".

Before you go!

Recommended: Regenerative Agriculture: Its Full Potential (Part 3 of 3)

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For decades, scientists have been warning us about global warming, and the consequences of human actions on the planet in the form of environmental disasters. The construction sector is today one of the major contributors to global warming and the climate crisis. CO2 Footprint Reduction According to data of the United Nations (UN), currently, 36% of the global energy is dedicated to buildings and 7 to 8% of all pollutant emissions are caused by the production of concrete alone. Therefore, the architectural community is directly related to climate change, through the energy wasted on buildings and material production for the construction sector. Reflecting on this, we have compiled a set of five projects from different parts of the world that offer solutions to aid the fight against the climate crisis.  Recommended:  CO2 Absorption: Does A Dutch Professor Have The Answer? {youtube}                                                   Using concrete to trap greenhouse gasses | The Fix CO2 Footprint Reduction: Rotterdam Climate Initiative In order to address the challenges of global climate change, and aiming to be the world capital of reduction of CO2 by reducing 50% of its carbon emissions, Rotterdam developed a set of self-sustainable floating structures, with ambitious plans to adapt to rising sea levels. What is the meaning of green architecture? Green architecture, or green design, is an approach to building that minimizes the harmful effects of construction projects on human health and the environment. The "green" architect or designer attempts to safeguard air, water, and earth by choosing eco-friendly building materials and construction practices The project is a catalyst for combating climate change, operating from three connected domes anchored within the Dutch city’s old harbor. The pavilion was designed by DeltaSync and Publicdomain Architects and is an unprecedented example of innovative, sustainable and climate-proof architecture. The idea is that the structures host different uses, but above all a community of floating houses. The translucent shelter relies on solar energy and its structure is made of anti-corrosive plastic ETFE, which is 100 times lighter than glass and therefore ideal for a floating structure. Recommended:  Smart Cities Or Dumb Cities? Let’s Embrace Low Tech CO2 Footprint Reduction: Innovative Solution Humanscapes Habitat Built in India, this housing project is an applied research and demonstration project of Sustainable and Integrated Urban Living Project, used for benchmarking in housing. Appropriated due to the present global crisis of energy and climate change, it presents solutions in order to achieve a sustainable development, seeking to upgrade the capability of the currently unorganized construction sector of India, encouraging the transition of buildings with high embodied energy materials to technology and building materials that may reduce the carbon footprint.  What are the main goals of green architecture? Green architecture, philosophy of architecture that advocates sustainable energy sources, the conservation of energy, the reuse and safety of building materials, and the siting of a building with consideration of its impact on the environment. Using local building materials and skills, the residences become a net energy-positive habitat by generating their own renewable energy. Some crucial items of the project are: zero-discharge of water, reduction and recycling of solid waste, local endemic species landscaping, and growing organic food. In addition, some natural consequences of the campus set-up are the reduction of journeys by integrating work and living spaces, coordinating community and infrastructure, as well as the adoption of clean mobility options like e-vehicles for external contact. Recommended:  New Foodscape Alternatives Gets Attention In The Netherlands CO2 Footprint Reduction: Innovative Solution From NLÉ Architects The Makoko, floating school Taking into account the impact of climate change and sea-level rise in the last few years, and the coastal erosion and tropical rains that have overloaded the current system, NLÉ Architects developed this project for Makoko school. It was designed as a floating prototype to encourage architecture and urbanism of the coastal cities of Africa, creating houses, community centers and playgrounds with the same system. How can we reduce CO2 in construction? 8 steps to reduce embodied carbon in construction lifecycle Reuse buildings instead of constructing new ones Specify low-carbon concrete mixes Limit carbon-intensive materials Choose lower carbon alternatives Choose carbon sequestering materials Reuse materials Use high-recycled content materials Maximize structural efficiency Recommended:  A Floating Airport Cutting Edge Madness Or Visionary? Designed for 100 students and their teachers, the school offers 100m² of area and 10 meters of ceiling height. The project uses around 256 recycled plastic barrels to float on the water and reused wood structure. The electricity relies on solar panels, while the rainwater collection facilitates the use of odorless composting, installed as a solution for the nonexistent sewer system, making it self-sustainable. Recommended:  Floating Cities: A Sustainable Concept For Future Communities CO2 Reduction: Innovative Solution Archifest Zero Waste Pavilion Using zero waste as a constructive strategy, this project was developed around two highly rapidly deployable and reusable systems. The zero-waste strategy considered time, materials, costs and the afterlife of the elements. How do you become carbon neutral? Carbon-neutral status can be achieved in two ways: Balancing carbon dioxide emissions with carbon removal beyond natural processes, often through carbon offsetting, or the process of removing or sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to make up for emissions elsewhere The box-truss system, including the roof, takes a maximum of approximately 7 days to deploy The membrane takes a maximum of approximately 3 days to install Overall, the time frame to complete WonderWall would be of about 10-15 days The cellular membrane once taken down can be reused for other functions.Thanks to WOW Architects Recommended:  How An Artificial Leaf Sucks CO2 And Makes Fuel. Amazing! Innovative Solution 5: Oceanix City, Bjarke Ingels Group As part of UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda, this project developed by Bjarke Ingels Group seeks to respond to the imminent threat of climate change, proposing the creation of the world’s first resilient and sustainable floating community, designed to accommodate 10.000 people. “Oceanix City” is a response to the prediction that by 2050, 90% of the world’s largest cities will be exposed to rising seas, resulting in mass displacement, and the destruction of homes and infrastructure. The scheme is anchored in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, enacting circular flows of food, energy, water, and waste, becoming self-sustainable. According to Ingels, "The only constant in the universe is change. Our world is always changing, and right now, our climate is changing. No matter how critical the crisis is, and it is, this is also our collective human superpower. That we have the power to adapt to change and we have the power to give form to our future". Before you go! Recommended:  Regenerative Agriculture: Its Full Potential (Part 3 of 3) Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about green architecture? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
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