How 3D Visualization Helps your Architecture Practice be more Environmentally Sustainable
Updated: Feb 18
As Sustainable and Green Architecture are quickly becoming more popular. A lot of architecture companies are searching for ways to make their designs more sustainable.
It's obvious that the most sustainable thing is not building at all - but in our industry, it isn't an option. So we need other methods. How can you ensure your buildings have as much healthy effect on people AND the environment?
As we are a 3D visualization company, I wanted to talk about how 3D visualization is helping architecture and construction industries in achieving their sustainability goals!
Sustainable and Green Architecture is complex. Explaining all of the different elements to the client or even the construction team can be very hard. Luckily there are a few different ways in which 3D and VR technology is helping you.
3D visualization ensures the design is as sustainable as possible by allowing architects to test different possibilities and options ahead of time. This way, elements such as solar panels and green roofs, can be planned carefully and with the most amount of information possible. The possibility to test features also allows you to test if the sustainable design elements you're including in the design have the desired impact.
The smart design tools in this software allows you to optimize your building designs by giving you the opportunity of testing out different materials and aspects before hand. It also helps reduce waste, since you know exactly how much material will be needed for the project. This feature also helps in controlling the cost of building a green or sustainable building. As green building and energy-saving features can be very expensive, your clients will appreciate the savings.
If even more advanced communication is needed, Virtual Reality takes the design process to the next level. Now VR is a great tool in showcasing the design to your clients, but it is even better in communicating with both the design and construction teams to ensure everything is done correctly with the complex green technology used in the building.
Last but not least, 3D technology is great in presenting all of the sustainable and green design choices, technologies, and features to your client. As your clients are becoming more environmentally aware, they will also want to see the features that make the project as green as possible.
Many Architecture practices and businesses are quickly becoming aware of the need for a more sustainable building to decrease the impact of the building on the environment.
However, it is also important to remember that all of the different sustainable solutions have an effect in the people who will inhabit these spaces. Sustainability can't come at the expence of functionality and green design still needs to take into account the needs of the people.