Presentation Blog 2
All of the projects were done in different ways, and each group took a unique approach to them. the presentations all contained very useful information and gave me a new insight on at least one topic of their discussion.
The most interesting project was one that was done on Sustainability, the same goal that my group worked on. Although there are many aspects of sustainability, I was still expecting for the two projects to have more similarities. Their projects focused on different topics regarding sustainability.
One of the big things that they addressed was earthen housing. After having heard their discussion about the different methods, such as adobe, cob, and bamboo building, I firmly believe that our nation, and our world as a whole, needs to start doing a better job of using resources. We waste entirely too much of our environment building structures out of materials that we don't need to be using. The other resources that are available are much more environmentally friendly.
Also, they discussed irrigation. In the beginning, irrigation flowed with the shape and structure of the land, merely serving the purpose of getting water from one point to another without extreme disruption to the environment. Today, any means necessary are taken to ensure that water can reach its destination. This comes at the cost of destroying natural environments and the habitats of animals. We need to start working with the land and natural waterways more closely to ensure irrigation without destruction.
A few of their topics were also addressed in our project. the fact that new design techniques are working to maximize energy efficiency was a strong point in both projects. There are many different sources of energy besides the fossil fuels that we rely on today. One way that this is being addressed is by simply maximizing that amount of sunlight that enters a building. This lowers the amount of heating that is needed, an the sunlight can also be used as solar energy. Along with using sunlight, newer, green, designs are also working with alternative heating/cooling methods that will not use nearly as much energy as conventional methods. Most of these have to do with insulation and air-flow through buildings, which are both extremely cost-effective ways to increase efficiency.
Because the project was based on the same goal of sustainability as ours was, there were many similarities in the methods that could be used to achieve the goal. Overall, the solutions seemed to be very effective and practical. The project was very complete and outlined what would be a giant step in the right direction to achieve sustainability.