Green Buildings are changin! Historically Green Building meant the buildings that were less bad for the environment – consumed less energy, emitted less Greenhouse Gases (GHG), and generally imposed a smaller ecological footprint on the environment.
Increasingly, there is a movement to do better, to build buildings that are net-positive to the environment by incorporating features, especially living elements, that transform building interiors into indoor gardens of edens – producing fresh are, a vibrant ecosphere and food!
In recent years, a significant body of research from a wide variety of sources have demonstrated conclusively that Bio-Inspired Design utilizing multi-disciplinary approaches to incorporate natural design elements into built environments have many positive benefits to building occupants. Interior and architectual design that includes plants, fish and other living elements have many physiological and psycological benefits. In addition, living elements in buildings serve as important amenities that provide financial as well health benefits. It is clear that there are many benefits of healthy indoor natural spaces.
The following are some of the most important terms used in the living building sector:
- Biophilic design is the use of natural elements and analogues in a space to elicit human connection to nature.
- Biomimicry is the use of nature as inspiration for human-oriented design.
- Indoor Regeneration Design is unique design methodology used by HiGarden to create spaces that create a net positive benefit to building occupants
The purpose of Bio-Inspired Design is to create spaces of refuge, nurture, and creativity in places that are otherwise sterile, stark, and removed from the natural environment.
These design principles apply to many building types including residential, academic, commercial, retail, healthcare and long term care facilities.
The following are Green Building technologies we represent: