Now that we know what sustainability is, I am going to concentrate on the way architecture can positively impact on our environment. My main reason for concentrating on the buildings is because just building sector alone has used resources more than any individual industry. In fact it consumes nearly half (48.7%) of energy produced in the United states alone. And in turn to operate them about seventy-six percent of all the electricity produced in the U.S. is being used (according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration-EIA).
Adding to this they are also the biggest producer of carbon dioxide, one of the major reasons for climate change. The Architecture 2030 organisation explains them really well in detail about them. The images below gives us description of how the energy is consumed sector wise, electricity consumed by sector and the emission of CO2 by sector.
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These would be rapidly shooting up as the need for urbanization is growing. The only way to avoid this is to bring in the sustainable architecture to a new level. The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating for calculating the sustainable amount of energy used for the construction and the ongoing operation of a building. There are points given for the most sustainable method adopted in construction and the operation. By this process one can reduce the negative impact created by a building.
For if there is a problem, there is always a solution. We just need to look in the right places.
According to the rules,norms and standards the way of attaining sustainability are of plenty. Some of the ways effective to attain them, its positive impacts and the future are shown in this video.