Eco Homes & Businesses

We are a long way off ‘Eco Town’ but in the last 20 years there has certainly been a mind shift to a greener way of thinking. Over the years we have all been drip fed this proposed eco living; whether it’s a Government pushing their greenest manifesto to-date, it’s architects concentrating on space and energy saving qualities or it’s simpler minor tweaks, such as the replacement of incandescent and halogen bulbs with energy saving LEDs. There’s many examples to show that the eco living momentum is still rolling.

But perhaps, on a whole, the O-zone and climate change debate has grown a bit long in the tooth? The fact that influential and governing bodies are still massively involved with the world’s biggest polluters – it seems a bit rich when they’re telling the rest of us how to improve the environment. Yet people aren’t just making changes because guys in suits are pointing at graphs and telling them to; many people see this as the best, and sometimes the only way forward. Everyone knows in their heart of hearts that being kinder to the environment will pay off in the long run.

It’s easy to say these things but it’s hard to act them out. Especially when green fields continue to be urbanised and more horizons are propping up grey tower blocks. But there’s a collection of designers and inventors trying to turn the negatives into positives. How?

– By creating smart properties with ergonomic features.

– By maximising the potential of small spaces.

– By integrating energy efficient products into the home.

– By hoping to revolutionise the way our homes and those inside interact with nature.

Eco Homes & Businesses Which Are Bucking The Trend

L.A Urban Farms

la farmIn Los Angeles there is a real case for urbanised farming. Tower Gardens, developed by Tim Blank, shows that just because you live in a urbanised landscape it doesn’t mean you can’t successfully grow your own food. The team behind Tower Gardens state that they can produce food in half the time as conventional growing methods – using 90% less water and 90% less space.

Gardens such as these are called vertical aeroponic gardens. They use vertical patented technology allowing the grower to control every element of the food production process. With no soil in sight, this nutrient-dense living produce can be harvested in half the time of regular, traditional and well practised methods of growing food.

Another advantage to these types of growing methods is that the grower can be safe in the knowledge that no harmful pesticides, either directly or inadvertently, came in contact with the fresh crops whilst sprouting. There’s a number of prestigious venues which have harnessed this aeroponic garden formula. These include Chicago’s O’Hare airport, Giant Stadium and the Google cafeteria. There’s also Stephen Ritz from the Green Bronx Machine, this faction has produced tens of thousands of pounds worth of locally grown food in the South Bronx area. If you needed proof that this has the potential to work, then surely that’s it?

Tiny Eco Homes

Sometimes we are forced into making decisions that we didn’t plan to make. However, even though they may have stemmed from a negative reason, the results can often be a nice surprise. Touching on it earlier, a lot of locations are feeling the squeeze, planning and development space is running out in cities and towns across the globe – we live stacked together like a pack of cards. So with this, there’s a niche selection of building architects and interior designers who are looking to maximise function, practicality and style in even the smallest of places.

Small, slender and spatially aware buildings branded ‘Tiny Homes’ have increased in popularity over the past five years. Whether it’s people reusing portakabins and transforming them into cosy and stylish metallic dwellings, naturalist’s merging timber material homes into forestry or architect’s building minimalistic homes in dumbfounded residential areas; the Tiny Home is here and it’s here to stay!

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These tiny eco homes don’t just look cool but they offer further advantages through their running. Many have used environmentally friendly materials to build, the majority are smaller than traditional homes and some produce energy in much more efficient ways. There are homes out there, away from the mainstream, that produce more energy than they use. Once this productive energy efficient model is fully mastered, what’s to say it couldn’t be drawn out on a much larger scale?

Eco Business Buildings

If anyone had the resources to make a game changing intervention it would be big corporate organisations and money making businesses. Although many have created luxury building designs for businesses, only a small handful of organisations are committed to a greener outlook. Those business which have implemented eco friendly operations have attracted a wide berth of admirers, from those who simply think they ‘look good’ to professionals that love to scrutinise its impact and efficiency. Surely introducing more green and less grey can only be a good thing. Even if it serves no direct benefits to cutting down energy consumption, if it’s maintained, it’ll look pretty.

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Green living walls and roofs take up the same kind of attributes to vertical farming. Yet they have the potential to play a much bigger role in the system, a cycle where plant waste is digested to produce methane, which then goes on to produce heat and power. Projects such as SPARK in Singapore uses a concept based on Asia’s ageing population and food scarcity, combining affordable retirement housing with urbanised farming. It’s not just a green roof, a vertical farm or a building with living walls, but it’s all of these terms interacting with each other to make up the bigger picture. This complimentary blend of reusing and re-energising has the potential to form the future of a sustainable, energy efficient and eco friendly living.

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