As over half of the global population lives in the urban environment for the first time in the human history, and the prospect of global warming looms large, the ideas and implementation technologies of sustainable construction becomes more important everyday.
A famous British newspaper, the Guardian, reported on a new study in October 2016, that to meet the global climate goals, USD 90 trillion worth of new infrastructure are to be built catering to low- or zero-carbon models over the next 15 years. There is no other way.
It elaborates, “Investing in sustainable infrastructure is key to tackling the three central challenges facing the global community: reigniting growth, delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals, and reducing climate risk in line with the Paris Agreement.
A transformative change is needed in how we build our cities, produce and use energy, transport people and goods, and manage our landscapes. And the challenge is urgent.” Which is obvious if you are acutely observing the destruction of city landscape in India in the modern time.
Sustainable Development, as defined by the LafargeHolcim Foundation, involves issues not only of the design and management of buildings; but also, materials performance; construction technology and processes; energy and resource efficiency, stakeholder participation, adherence to ethics; health and safety measures; interdependencies of infrastructure, landscape, architecture and culture; and the dissemination of knowledge.
At Orange County, we practice sustainable development through implementation of renewable energy technologies and processes to be energy sufficient; by making architectural design improvements- constantly- and using indigenous constructional materials like lime, bamboo and tofu.
Also, we achieve it by experimenting with water distribution and purification models and technologies; preserving the landscape of the construction and its flora habitats; and collaborating with Indian and International architectural, engineering students, professors, researchers and evangelists.