Think sustainable design can’t make a fashion statement? Think again. We shed light on three of the more fascinating and ingenious sustainable designs to turn every head.
1. Rooftop Bowls – The future of water
As the need for water grows ever desperate, BMDesign have created roofs with huge, bowl-shaped vessels that collect rainwater in dry and arid climates.
The gorgeous double-layered roof design can collect up to 28 cubic meters of rain to offset water consumption and has the capacity to cool buildings, reducing the need for air conditioning.
Not only are they aesthetically beautiful and financially smart, BMDesign believes this architecture will combat global warming through sustainable water sourcing.
2. Vertical Field Skygardens – Getting back to earth
Lack of space ordinarily hinders the option to grow one’s own food and plants, particularly as cities expand and populations multiply.
The Vertical Field Company is changing that with “living walls” – gardens which, with the help of smart technology and design, grow vertically in a variety of spaces and styles.
This innovative and very appealing alternative decreases noise levels that penetrate most buildings and are simple to connect and change.
The skygarden is a cost effective way of life; not only will it reduce fresh produce expenses and enhance your view, most styles have either an inbuilt irrigation system or the ability to use water economically.
3. Vortex: Bladeless Wind Generator – The air is fair
Talking about wind generation may sound like white noise. Yet, crucial to the supply of the world’s electricity, the emerging advances are very attractive indeed.
With the recent design of a bladeless wind generator, you might find yourself wondering how much benefit can be derived from removing a few blades.
In short, bladeless alternatives use fewer materials, particularly in the long term, so they’re more sustainable while also being easier on the eye.
They’re also lighter, require less funding, less maintenance and aren’t reliant on hundreds of litres of oil – so there’s plenty to turn your head, after all.
It's examples of human ingenuity like this that are inspiring us at EnergyAustralia to Light The Way.