Personal Integrity for Sustainable Built Environment

The clean environment is no longer a matter of institutional arrangements, global governance or development strategy as it seemed to be until the start of this century. Efforts are made to reduce or limit the effects of climate change –focusing on limiting the emission of all greenhouse gases, especially to reduce the emission because of energy production and consumption. One answer is to replace and retrofit the use of fossil fuels or nuclear energy with alternative energy .The clean alternative energies produced by renewables can help to fulfill the energy needs of the world in 21st century and beyond.
In the struggle for clean energy, the normative and regulative dimensions of the retorts should be decisive -not just to covert a plea for renewed confidence in the technological ingenuity or commercial approach to the sustainability. Save the planet cannot take as a secondary issue or an afterthought but should top the agenda. It needs positive obligations and actions -the slogan “Don’t pollute” is not enough.
The need for scaling up renewables is now undisputed and requires expanded efforts for everyone in its own domain. Switching the to the sustainable life style needs not only the commitments from both public and private institutions but the force of personal integrity.

As an architect I acknowledge that the buildings can make a huge difference in clean energy and environmental sustainability. Adopting the active solar technologies into architecture is the best way to reduce the fossil energy use that consequently reduces the carbon footprint and global warming impact. The energy consumption in building sector is 40% (with 36 % C₂O emission). Heating and cooling systems use 60% of this energy while lights and appliances use 40%. Renewable energy replaces conventional fuels in two distinct areas for the buildings: electricity generation and hot water/space heating. By carefully applying the design principles that capture the natural resources for day light, electricity and DHW, the energy use in the buildings can be reduced dramatically.
If the renewable heat is encouraged then solar heating is the obvious solution. In compare to wind energy and biomass or hydropower, solar systems are extremely suited in the built environment .The solar systems are excellent choice to overcome the lack of space because of no extra space is required for mounting construction of the modules. Moreover, the generated energy will be very close to the users and save the extra cost of energy transportation.
Accelerating the transition to a Solar -based energy system in the building’s architecture presents a unique opportunity to meet climate goals while fueling economic growth, creating new employment opportunities and the balance towards low-carbon investments.

 

 

Posted by Shaista Farooqi

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