When people speak of Regenerative Architecture, the image that comes to mind is a building made from organic or living materials in a way that draws energy from the environment and then transforms it into the building’s support. One such building is the Bamboo House, which was recently featured in an award-winning documentary about building eco-houses. This eco-home combines wood from bamboo with organic materials such as straw, coconut husks, and recycled plastics. These materials are combined in a sustainable way so that there is a reduced amount of waste, and also a reduced need for a high-traffic construction method. In fact, this Bamboo House has achieved LEED certification, which stands for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Another highly successful building is the Hanging Gardens of Kahnawake, which has a grassy garden and a terracotta roof covered in a lattice made from banana plants. The architects behind this project were inspired by nature and its beauty. The garden has over four hundred species of plants, including eleven edible varieties, which allows members of the public to cook their own meals using locally grown fruits and vegetables. The architect responsible for designing the Hanging Gardens of Kahnawake also used solar light to create a dramatic feature at the center of the garden, which can be used both day and night.
There are many other examples of architectural and landscape architecture that make use of organic materials. One particular building, for example, makes use of Eucalyptus for its roofing system. This has allowed the roof to be insect-proof, and to survive even the harshest Australian weather conditions. Another building is made of Pergola Wood, a unique Australian native plant that has grown for more than three centuries. This unique wood can be found in abundance in rainforests, but in order to make the architectural design work, the designer cut the trees into usable planks which he then glued together. In addition, he used recycled glass to create the frames for the planks.
Although there is an abundance of organic and inorganic material options available for garden design projects, there are a few materials that are particularly suitable for this purpose. For one, there are a lot of cedar products that are especially suited for making greenhouses. Some cedar products are specifically designed for this purpose because of their ability to withstand the onslaught of pests. For another thing, they are naturally flame-retardant, so you won’t have to worry about burning your house down if the unexpected outbreak of fire happens while you are gardening. And finally, cedar also repels a wide range of insects that can invade your garden, including lawn mites, ticks, mosquitoes, aphids, lacewings and even certain types of spiders!
If you wish to know more about ways to choosing materials for regenerative architecture projects, the best way to do so would be to get your hands on as many books as you can. There are lots of architects and engineers who have written books on this topic over the years. And the good news is that these books can help you a lot in choosing the right material for your architectural greenhouses. There are other resources you can use, too. For example, you can consult with a local or online architect who could guide you in selecting the right architectural or landscape material made of sustainable building materials.
Whatever you decide on, one thing is for sure. You will do your greening and protecting the environment a big favor by using environmentally friendly and recyclable materials for your greenhouses. In addition, you will be contributing to a better way of life for yourself and future generations. After all, it’s your kids, your grandkids and your grandbabies’ best chance at a sustainable and environmental world. Isn’t it worth it to them?