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One of the most worthy objectives of responsible architecture is Sustainable Design, sometimes referred to as Green Building or Green Architecture.  

‘Sustainable design’ aims to center on environmentally-conscious ways to design the buildings in which people live, work, and play. When buildings are designed with environmental sustainability in mind, they challenge architects to find as many ways to use renewable resources in order to heat, cool, and provide power to the building. Socially responsible architects also create structures that do as little damage to the environment as possible, aside from making sure that the buildings are beautiful, strong, comfortable and functional. As the human race steps boldly into the advanced technology age, his ability to create as many products as possible using sustainable architecture holds the key to keeping the planet ecologically-balanced and habitable for future generations.  

Sustainable architecture employs many different concepts that have shown the capacity to limit the natural resources people consume while helping them to maintain a comfortable lifestyle. Energy efficiency is usually a major concern in sustainable design and engineers use a wide range of methods and techniques to reduce or minimize the energy needs of their buildings. Many architects use ingenious and creative methods that allow some buildings to produce, store, and use their own energy.  
 
One of the most important elements for ensuring efficient energy use within a building is insulation. Proper and effective insulation allows a building to use less energy to warm, cool, or power it by minimizing energy loss. When unified to a good heating, air conditioning, and ventilating system—this combination alone can save a huge amount of money on utility bills and help with sustainability.

Another very imporatnt element for those engaged in sustainable architecture is recycling. Large amounts of energy can be found in the waste products a building gives off. Advocates of design sustainability know this and many utilize systems which capture, reuse and recycle energy from waste, water and air systems. Some sustainability experts even design systems to recycle solid waste.
 
 
One of the most popular items used in sustainable architecture is the use of solar panels. Solar panels are an excellent way of capturing energy that can be used to heat, cool and power a building. It can also provide excess capacity that can be shared. Some companies offering solar panels will install the panels for free at their expense and, in exchange, collect the government subsidies. Solar power actually costs less than what you pay now for utility bills, with low, predictable, and locked-in rates. The savings can add up to thousands. Homeowners don’t need thousands to buy a solar power system, they only need a good roof. Creative architects are also working with ways to capture, store and use wind power in residential and commercial properties.
 
Sustainable Design is vital in mankind’s search for ways to save the planet. It also saves money on utility bills. These are small but important steps people can take to save the environment. If you are looking for a designer who can work creatively and efficiently on your Sustainable Design project, contact The Designer or email us at sales@ultramodernhomes.com
 
The Role of the Modern Architect

When it comes to modern house design, an architect’s role involves engineering the appearance of a house while taking into consideration all of the benefits and goals of Sustainable Design. The Designer, Cynthia Leif, creates beautiful classic modern structures with the apparent introduction of useful modern design elements. The architectural massing is akin to sculptural art using geometric shapes - sometimes a mixture of cubes, angles, and curves. The architectural creation sits on the land like a sculpture, yet blends harmoniously with the surrounding environment. Most modern architecture convey a sense of simplicity. Some modern buildings simply look like cubes made of concrete and steel. While Cynthia Leif aims to create an air of simplistic elegance in her modern designs, her residential creations are never devoid of character and personality. Her architectural structures are intelligently designed and harmoniously organic. She uses and combines materials such as wood, glass, concrete, and stone.
 
Cynthia Leif also integrates other design elements that do not only enhance the aesthetic looks of the building, but also contribute a lot in energy efficiency, such as - the use of clerestory windows or openable vents below the ceiling for natural lighting and passive ventilation; the use of modern awnings or canopies above glass windows for seasonal shading; the addition of trellises or pergolas as patio coverings; the design of openings in the upper level to allow cross ventilation in the entire building; the design of roof eaves or overhangs to provide summer shading; the use of specific roof angles to bounce off solar heat; the use of low-E glazing for windows, and many more.

She is also now advocating the concept of constructing homes using Modular Building, which is not only economical, strong, healthy, and environmenatlly-friendly, but also time-efficient which translates to faster return on investment.  

“Everything we have is based on the choices we’ve made. The choices we make today that affects the environment will also affect our children, for they will inherit the world we leave behind.”
 
 
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