Architects in general have a responsibility to design buildings that maximize their efficiency, according to the California Architect’s Board.
“We’re supposed to design for the future,” said Kate Davis, the board’s chairwoman.
“I’m not saying you can’t have a building that looks great on the outside but doesn’t work on the inside, but we should always design for what we know we can do better.”
The California Architect Board’s board recently released its latest report, which includes recommendations for building designs that “enhance productivity, reduce waste, increase safety, reduce the likelihood of fire, and reduce carbon emissions.”
These are all good goals, Davis said, and she sees no need for new building types that increase efficiency.
“As an architect, I’ve got to be a builder first,” she said.
“My goal is to build beautiful buildings, and I have a passion for architecture.”
The report recommends building styles that increase the efficiency of existing buildings, which in the past have included traditional styles of brick-and-mortar buildings, like office towers, residential buildings, commercial buildings, retail buildings, stadiums, stadiums with large capacity, stadiums that use multiple spaces, and even high-rise office buildings.
In contrast, Davis recommends modern buildings that are designed to use less energy and reduce energy consumption by using energy-efficient materials and technology.
The report also recommends using energy efficient materials to create the building’s most efficient surfaces.
The board recommends that architects and designers consider energy efficiency in the design of new buildings and that they work with energy and environmental groups in their design.
“Architects need to think about how we’re designing buildings in the future and how we might actually make the buildings more efficient,” Davis said.
While many architects are already incorporating energy efficiency into their designs, it’s still not clear how much more energy efficient a building can be.
In a recent interview, Davis emphasized that architects have a duty to design to maximize their design, even if it means sacrificing some of their core expertise in architecture.
“It is the responsibility of the architect to know their building, and if you don’t know your building you’re not doing your job,” Davis told The Salt.
“The building is the most important thing in our lives.
If you don, your building is going to be damaged.”
She said that architects should always think about energy efficiency, even when designing a new building.
“If you want to be innovative, you can be creative,” Davis added.
“But you need to know your structure and your building.
You need to design it in a way that it’s going to work for you.
You have to be able to make a decision about what is a good structure and what is not.”
In order to create energy efficient buildings, she suggested, architects should use energy-saving materials, such as insulation, insulation that’s bonded to the building itself, and flexible materials such as aluminum, steel, and concrete.
These materials are also good for the environment.
The California Department of Buildings, for instance, recommends that developers use energy efficient insulation in residential and commercial buildings.
“Energy-efficient building materials will also reduce energy use, which is very important because you don.t want to use the same material in many different places,” Davis explained.
“You have to choose what’s the most energy-efficiency, and you have to use materials that are a little bit flexible.”
According to Davis, designers also need to be mindful of how buildings will be affected by climate change.
“Climate change is a real concern for our buildings, so I would like to see architects design buildings with climate-friendly materials and design buildings to minimize the impact of climate change,” Davis continued.
“Because if we don’t, our buildings are going to become obsolete and our buildings will become less efficient.”
The board’s report recommends that building designers and architects incorporate energy-related issues in their designs and that the board encourage these conversations.
“What are the energy-intensive materials that architects need to consider?”
“Are there certain materials that should not be used?
How are they going to use them?
Do we need to redesign the building?
Do they need to retrofit it?
How much energy are we using?”
She said she expects the report will be a useful tool for architects and architects to communicate with the public and other architects.
“There’s going be a lot of discussion, a lot more research, a whole lot more work,” she added.
However, not all architects are going into this with the same urgency.
“Some of the work I do, some of my clients are very conservative,” said Charles Moulton, the founder of Moulson and Associates, which specializes in sustainable architecture and design.
Moultons company specializes in building projects that have high carbon footprints.
He told The Daily Signal that he thinks many architects aren’t taking this seriously enough, though.
“People are very impatient, and they want to get ahead of the curve and do something