Could natural and renewable material be a driving force for social-economic development? Could we replace artificial thermal insulation with insulation made of natural and renewable materials? What constitutes green design? These are questions we ask ourselves as we chart our path to achieve the all EU Green Deal strategic goals 2050, amidst the rising fear that raw materials and energy resources are depleting in addition to increasing air pollution.
Green design is not just about low-energy consumption. Its about environmental integration through smart design. It is not enough to focus on decreasing energy consumption, instead we need to
- decrease construction costs,
- use less harmful technologies and materials for humans and nature
- improve our quality of life through circular economy
Circular economy philosophy includes the concepts of application of natural and local materials, and responsible management of those materials as they grow. Natural materials also have better environmental and primary energy values.
This article further develops the links of contemporary green design with history and traditional residential architecture in Bosnia and Herzegovina and its strong connection with nature. The experience of the Sharing laboratory project and its interaction with the EU HORIZON 2020
The SMARTER Finance for Families project are also discussed.
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