Green architecture, also known as sustainable architecture, is a relatively new concept making big waves across Australia and the world.
There is now a clear need for building designs to minimise environment impacts and use materials and energy that benefits the wider ecosystem. Many businesses wanting new buildings or home owners now seek solar, wind or efficient lighting options as standard, something long removed from gas, electric and coal created energy of the past.
US tourism company TripAdvisor released results of two separate surveys in 2012 and 2014 that highlight the growing demand for green architecture.
The 2012 study found that 71 per cent of respondents would make travel decisions in the following 12 months based on whether the destination was environmentally friendly. As well as this, the 2014 study discovered that over a quarter of respondents make green decisions when staying in hotels.
This means that many tourists coming to Australian shores in the future will be taking considerable time to research buildings such as hotels to see whether they offer green outcomes. If buildings don't feature sustainable architecture then customers will likely look elsewhere.
Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel for TripAdvisor noted in response to the 2012 study that consumers are making green decisions top of their agenda.
"Green initiatives are an increasing priority for hospitality businesses that are trying to reduce their environmental footprint," she said.
"Our survey shows that TripAdvisor travellers are interested in eco-friendly practices, but hungry for more information about which green plans and policies are actually in place."
How can architects improve their green skills?
Thanks to an agreement signed in 2011 between the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and Australian Institute of Architects, local architects can undertake programs with either organisation to develop their green skills for future projects.
The GBCA noted that "green skills are no longer seen as an 'add on' but an integral requirement for people working in the built environment."
With the price of green materials reducing by the year, today's architects are experiencing the benefits of working towards a green future. The scope of green buildings is huge, but it takes bold architects to design projects that are both innovative and forward-thinking.
Architects with experience and success in creating green buildings are recommended to contact the expert team at Design & Construct. With our years of industry knowledge, we are in a great position to place you into an architect job for the future.