Published: April, 2017

Sustainability and skyscrapers

It goes without saying that the expanding number of skyscrapers and tall buildings is a hot topic for the UK architecture industry.

In recent months, plans have been unveiled for a number of new towers in London as well as Newcastle, Manchester and other cities. A key strand of the conversation is the sustainable aspect of each development and the impact it will have on its surrounding environment.

During the development stages, architects will consider where “green touches” can be added to a project. For some projects, this is an opportunity to showcase talent and design a cutting edge sustainable skyscraper, while in others, green aspects will simply augment the building’s facilities for residents. 

Green architecture

One of the best and well known examples of green architecture is the work of Stefano Boeri. The Bosco Verticale in Milan and La Tour des Cedres in Lausanne, are two stunning skyscrapers, interspersed with all types of trees and shrubs. The aim is that the leaves of the trees trap fine dust, absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen in order to improve surrounding air quality. Both projects have set an incredible example for the architecture industry to follow, by demonstrating the level of sustainable impact a skyscraper project can attain.

Of course, architects and developers can introduce sustainable measures to their projects on a smaller scale that are not as visible to outsiders. For example, solar panels and other sources of renewable energy can make a big difference to the building’s environmental footprint. Take a look at The Beacon in Hemel Hempstead, which from the outside looks like any other residential tower, but which is gaining attention for being one of the world’s most sustainable towers.

Gardens above ground level

Creating garden space is another great way of incorporating green architectural elements. When ground space is limited, leaving little room for architects to include a garden, adding a roof terrace is a great option. A terrace adds significant value to any tall building. Not only does it make an attractive feature to prospective buyers, it makes great use of otherwise unused roof space and provides extra amenities for residents, improving their access to green areas, especially in built up cities. 

While a roof terrace does add a much-needed green feel, the construction of a garden thousands of feet above ground can be complex. To ensure a smooth process, Kinley has put together a package containing the key elements needed to construct a terrace area. The modular Terrace System can be tailored to individual projects, to achieve the best results possible. Kinley’s comprehensive solution also means there is just one point of contact for project managers, solving the common frustration of too many suppliers contributing to one project, inevitably causing delays.

To find out more about our collection of high quality terrace products, please click here. Stay tuned for more updates on the launch by following us on Twitter @Kinley_Systems.


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