Engaging with the natural world seems top of mind for homeowners and those in the built industry becoming more ‘green’ conscious. Modern design is incorporating green elements constantly in the new designs we see popping up. There’s a definite pull for more authentic, sustainable and environmentally compliant building systems and designs.

So, what’s next for green design? What can we expect over the next decade?

This is difficult to answer because technology is developing and expanding so rapidly that we have to wait and see how far technology will evolve in the realm of sustainable development and design. It can be said that we are entering the ‘ecological age’ that views people and nature as a co-dependant and connected whole. This can be seen in the rise of the green consumer who demands for a more authentic product or experience that protects and supports the en vironment.

Traditional sustainability measures will remain the ‘go-to’ for most homeowners and those in the built environment, but experiential design is also at the fore.

Traditional green design will continue to incorporate energy efficiency systems, healthy and sustainable building materials and water conservation measures but going forward a more holistic and experiential approach will be taken.

Green design is set to include nature more and even copy it.

Green designs will look to create built environments that are dynamic and offer people a more tactile experience which responds to seasonal changes. New technology products such as smart glass windows respond to the different seasons and how the needs of the people inside the building change with the seasons. What’s more, repurposed materials or furnishings might be preserved in their original form so as to allow for traces of the past to remain present.

Blurring the lines between the outdoors and the interior environment is becoming more and more popular. Instead of simply using expansive windows to offer up a view, modern designs are including roof terraces, living walls and creating small parks within their complexes. Many new designers are taking this one step further and creating built environments that replicate systems found in nature – in this way the building operates in a very interconnected capacity.

While sustainable materials are an all-important facet togreen design, it’s counter-productive to use sustainable materials that aren’t found locally. To import a sustainable material such as bamboo you are using a lot of resources to get it from its destination to your front door. Green design dictates that locally sourced, sustainable or reuseable materials should be used.

Window Art knows a little something about green design because our product is an environmentally friendly one.

We are very proud of the fact that our vinyls decals are considered a green product. The vinyl decals we create are energy-efficient and an excellent choice of window treatment to use in any green design. If you would like to know more about including green design in your home or office space, please have a browse through our Guide to Green Building your Home. Alternatively, you can contact us directly with your queries and concerns.

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