The Power of suspended ceiling
Suspended ceiling and the environment
According to the Brundtland definition, from the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development, sustainability is “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”
It is not new to us that the world we are living is now facing a hard problem that anyone of us can actually resolve if we will just involve ourselves. This problem is none other than global warming; a disease that has long occurred but not paid enough attention to because of the reason that all of us are busy dealing with our own businesses. And now, after years and years of taking this problem for granted, we at last notice its horrible effects on our present (maybe even in the future) lives. So what else can we do to at least lessen its occurrence if not prevent it?
I can say that at some point, the field of architecture has a big role on worsening or lessening the effect of this monstrous disease that is slowly killing all of us.
Bad effects of architecture in global warming:
- Architecture push through constructing buildings that may emit harmful carbon dioxide gasses from fossil fuel burning plants.
- Architecture can also be considered as a factor on deforestation wherein trees are cut down to give way for building constructions.
However, architecture can also be one of the primary solutions in avoiding or lessening global warming. How? This depends of course on the project architect who will design a certain building. Architects can always promote green architecture if they just wanted to.
So what is green architecture?
Green architecture is under sustainable architecture which allows every architect or designer to use the three “R’s” of sustainability.
- RECYCLE- sustainable architecture promotes recycling of materials like bottles, plastics, glass etc.
- REDUCING- on that case, (recycling) it will be easy to reduce waste materials that will add on man’s trashes.
- REUSE- it is and will always be possible to reuse materials used on building constructions. And this will be given an emphasis later.
All of the three R’s listed above can possibly apply in any kind of building construction that will diminish human’s waste and trashes. On this case, carbon emission will be lessen; how?
The main function of green architecture is to lessen the use of electrical and mechanical power on the building which will also decreases the emission of carbon. This can be possible by applying the three R’s which is discussed earlier. In using green architecture as the basis of constructing buildings, recycling will be a great help not only in the environment but also with the construction and material costs. I suppose many of us has already heard about the Ecoark building that uses recycled or used Plastic bottles integrated with LED lights in decorating the facade. How does that work? The roof tends to be sloping following the raises of the sun for accumulating solar energies that will be automatically transferred to the bottle integrated with LED lights. And when the sun sets down, the whole building will be lighted using the LED lights. No worries on electrical power, isn’t it?
On the other hand, reuse is most likely the same as recycling. The architect or designer can reuse old materials and produce a new one from it; just like suspended ceilings. Suspended ceilings are mostly used in residential structures to support good acoustics of the structure. Suspended or drop ceilings are known to lessen noise inside a structure, but did you know that they can also be an effective cooling system?
Drop ceilings have the power of sound proofing and sound reduction; this is attained through the use of acoustical panels. Recycled materials that are listed below can be used in the construction and insulation of suspended ceilings.
- Waste wool
- Recycled wood
They are useful especially in buildings that houses education and other office works; when noise is being reduced or levelled down, productiveness of work is being increased.