Is it possible to create buildings without damaging the environment? Terra Group seems to think that it is. Indeed, they are joined in that by various modern-day architects, who have embraced the concept of sustainable architecture. This is changing the world of architecture as we know it today.
What Is Sustainable Architecture?
Very simply put, it means that the methods and designs used in the construction of new buildings are all environmentally-conscious. The idea is that any negative environmental impact a building could have during or after its construction is mitigated as much as possible, by using sustainable materials and renewable technologies, as well as by focusing on sustainable development spaces. The idea focuses on ecological design, which means that any decisions made today will not have a negative impact on the future of the next generation. One key element of this is the usage of resources that are renewable and sustainable. A good example of this is bamboo.
For Terra Group, working with bamboo is something of vital importance. Naturally, it cannot be used in any element of construction, but its commonly applied to a range of different settings now. Indigenous Columbian and other South American communities have used it for thousands of years. Bamboo is abundantly available, easy to transport, helps to clean the air, is quick growing, and protects communities from floods when it is grown as it absorbs a great deal of water. As such, it is one of the most sustainable, renewable, and ecologically sound materials available to us today.
Bamboo is also very strong and can build structural system as strong as concrete. It is also referred to as “iron grass” and for good reason. Communities have used it in joinery because of its high tensile strength and superior balance for a very long time. Some architects have made significant mistakes when using bamboo, however, but this is mainly because they treat it in the same way as other woods. Bamboo has some exclusive properties that must be respected. For instance, there is no point in testing it on compression. Rather, it should be tested on its ability to counterbalance on frameworks. More and more buildings now use it as a permanent element in the structures of both commercial and residential structures, and Terra Group is leading the way in this.
Architects and builders the world over are looking at ways in which they can perform together with, instead of against, Mother Nature. Bamboo is a material that is one of the best alternatives available to achieve this. The future, as such, is bright, green, and eco-friendly.
Best of all, bamboo is a material that people can get involved with as well. It is absolutely stunning and can be used to bring a little bit of nature inside the home, or to create a more tropical-looking outside environment. In terms of sustainability, every little helps, whether that is building an entire apartment complex out of bamboo, or choosing to plant some in a rooftop garden.