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Why you should consider a sustainable building design for your next project

Sustainability refers to an ability to endure over time and not deplete or harm natural resources. In modern architecture, sustainable design practices are critical to enhancing the longevity of projects and minimising their carbon footprint.

As society reflects on how to reduce its environmental impact, sustainable building designs have never been more important.

Below is a guide on why you should consider a sustainable building design for your next renovation or building project.

It is sustainable!

What more would you want from a development project, than for your building to last a lifetime? By taking a sustainable approach to construction, you create a timeless piece that will endure for years to come.


Subsequently, you can expect to see lower maintenance and repairs costs in the future, adding value to your architectural work.


Here are some sustainable materials for your next design:

  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Solar panels
  • Concrete flooring and walls
  • Cork flooring
  • Metal roofing
  • Reclaimed wood


Cost and energy efficient

You’ll notice that most of these sustainable materials are also environmentally friendly, reducing the carbon footprint of your project. With many of us looking to minimise our environmental impact, choosing a sustainable building design is an attractive option.

What’s more, sustainable designs help to reduce costs and saves energy in the long term. Features such as solar panels and low-flow toilets are more reasonable to run and are less harmful to the planet, enhancing the building’s eco-credentials.

Equally, sustainable materials typically result in less waste materials – reducing the build-up of rubbish in landfills.

It’s healthy!

Unlike conventional building materials, sustainable alternatives tend to use fewer toxins and volatile compounds, which can negatively affect indoor air quality and be harmful to humans.

Sustainable building materials include natural wool carpeting, hempcrete and laminates that don’t use toxic glues.

Buy locally


Taking a sustainable approach to architecture also includes considering the impact of transporting goods all over the globe. Local sustainable products do not have the same carbon emissions as more distant alternatives and therefore are also often more reasonably priced.


Equally, by opting for locally sourced goods, you are giving back to the community. Supporting local businesses and manufacturers, from local timber yards to quarries ensures everybody wins.

Improved resale value


There is research to suggest that properties built with sustainable building designs tend to sell for a higher price compared to other properties in the same market – and much faster! Buyers are interested in the money-saving materials that are incorporated into the development and long-life of the building.


Whether you’re a developer selling a new build or have recently renovated your house to sell on, taking a sustainable approach may well boost your presence on the market.


Sustainable styles in abundance

When you take a sustainable approach to architecture, you have free reign over the overall design of your development. Reclaimed wood beams can be utilised and exposed for a rustic country feel; you can polish cement floors for a modern appeal that is designed to last. The options truly are endless.

Building with sustainable materials allows you to express yourself creatively, enhance your eco-credentials and produce timeless pieces. As experts in sustainable architecture and environmental design, MSA Architects can advise on and maximise the potential of your next sustainable project.

Contact sustainable architects MSA here.

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