Industrial architecture is the design and construction of buildings serving industry. Such buildings rose in importance with the Industrial Revolution and were some of the pioneering structures of modern architecture. The term ‘Industrial Architecture’ itself is very broad since it encompasses a very wide range of buildings right from flatted factories to mills, breweries, distilleries, refineries, power plants to warehouses. Basically, industrial buildings are designed with a view to accommodate industrial processes and not surprisingly, architectural quality in artistic terms sees much lesser emphasis. However, just like architects try to understand a residential client’s personality, a thorough understanding of the industry, its product and production processes are absolutely critical. Given the complexities, understanding the functionality and processes is crucial before designing and requires an in-depth knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) services right from the planning stage. Globally, industrial buildings came in prominence with the industrial revolution and were some of the pioneering structures of modern architecture. Now we present some key elements of an eco-building.
Energy Efficiency: Any building with eco pretensions must be energy efficient. Often first thoughts turn to space heating. But an eco-building needs to address energy consumption wherever it occurs: hot water and electricity consumption (with LED lighting throughout the building for instance) is also important.
Materials: When it comes to creating an eco-building, the materials used are key — and this can be quite a complex area to unravel. The materials which go into building an eco-building may include one, some, or all of the below:
What’s more, an eco-building could include some or all of the following:
It helps to treat this list as a menu rather than a shopping list, picking elements best suited to the project, the site, and the occupants.