Buildings consume approximately around 40% of the energy which can be employed and used efficiently in other areas of the buildings. There are many technologies which can be employed effectively for saving the energy there on.
When we talk or discuss about using the latest technology in buildings, have we ever thought of using the technology which is eco-friendly and helps in the consumption of energy. Yes,we do have the techniques which help in insulating the buildings and conserve energy.
The especially designed cooling systems for the buildings which reflects the solar rays coming from the sun. In other words, they reflect more of the sun’s rays than the other roof tops. This prevents the cool or the warm air inside from escaping outside.
In summers, when the temperature is touching the sky at that time the roofs get heat up which consumes more energy in cooling as compared to the cooler roof tops of the buildings.
Insulating the buildings with some green fibre sheets reduces the diffusion of air outside. These insulations need not to look pretty or pleasant to see but it helps in insulating the buildings.
This is all done outside then why not to make use of the junk stuff available and make it into a new insulation. Fibreglass insulation is the kind of insulation mostly used for insulating up the buildings which is generally made up from the recycled glass.
While constructing the new buildings we forget to make use of the biodegradable materials which are available in the market and are even eco-friendly. These materials include the biodegradable paints used for painting the walls.
And even the insulations used which helps in insulating the buildings from the heat and cold outside. Using the recycled products, makes the construction of the building eco-friendly.
RAMMED EARTH BRICKS
Rammed earth bricks is the technique used in making the bricks through an eco-friendly manner, where the natural materials of the earth are used in making them
The great wall of china was build with these rammed bricks centuries ago.
And even the technique used today is no different from the techniques used earlier to make these bricks.
The raw materials used is all apt for regulating the temperature of the building. These bricks are made up of earth’s soil, clay, gravels,etc.
In rural areas, where the heavy rainfall and the strong wind takes away the topsoil, which can be used for the plantation purposes. Even the heavy rainfalls and storms in urban areas are dangerous as they take away the fertile soil and disturb the plantation.
It is where the stormwater management comes in and play an important role. It involves the designing of the systems which can easily control the water flows and prevent in the soil erosion.
An increase in the green coverage area also prevents this problem as the roots of plants hold the soil.
GEOTHERMAL HEATING ENERGY
Just like the stormwater management uses the soil of the earth to save the top layer similarly, the geothermal heating uses the heat of the earth to generate power.
The pipes using this energy system are dig deep into the earth which keeps them warm even in the cold weather.
This is a renewable source of generating power and is even better than the power generated by the coal. The efficiency of the geothermal heating is far more than the other heating systems.
On hearing the term solar energy, what comes to the mind is a large empty space with solar places all over. But this system of solar energy can also be used in the buildings to generate power for the building.
This system involves only the one time cost of installation and then the power is generated well smoothly with the help of the sun. Solar energy is the renewable source of energy generation and can easily be used to generate power for the buildings.
This is a cheaper source of generating the power and going green for the building construction.
ELECTROCHROMIC SMART GLASS
Solar energy is the direct source of energy generation from the direct light of the sun. Using solar systems in winters is a good idea but what about the summer seasons?
So for summers we have the SMART GLASS, which is used in the window panes and even on the other parts of the building which emits the rays of the sun from directly entering the building thus, keeping the building cool in summers and warm in the winters.
These smart glasses generates the electronic ions which reflects back the sunlight from entering the building and insulating the homes.
ZERO ENERGY BUILDINGS
The zero energy buildings are the ones which consume no energy on the yearly basis. The term zero here is used for both the energy consumption and the carbon emissions, as there buildings dependent completely on the renewable sources of energy like the wind energy, the solar energy,etc.
These buildings are the most energy efficient which consume the minimum amounts of energy.
Using appliances which have high star ratings are always smarter and consume lesser amount of energy as compared to the other appliances. The buildings should always invest in the appliances which are smart and energy efficient.
Constructing a smarter building in itself is a tough task but when looked at the energy consumption and savings then it becomes an aid to our pockets. Then why not to invest in smart buildings, generate and save power or energy.