To say, today, modern houses is refer to design houses that have been manufactured following the guidelines of sustainable architecture. But once in this introductory point, it is worth remembering what we understand as sustainable architecture and how we have come so far.
The birth of environmental awareness
Years ago (until, practically, the beginning of the century in course), we almost did not think that the houses had to be sustainable. There was a blind confidence in progress and we did not stop to think about the consequences that our actions on the natural environment could have in our lives in the short and medium term.
Since the last decades of the twentieth century, the environmental movement began to draw attention to these effects and irreversibility of some of them. The increasing social awareness and research on the subject made states to take action on the matter during the final decade of the last century and reached a series of agreements to curb environmental degradation.
Minimum commitments of States were translated, how could it be otherwise in certain protective environmental regulations. Sufficiency or insufficiency is already the subject of another discussion, but we note that the objectives of these laws go to reduce the negative impact of humans on ecology.
The influence of ecology reaches construction
After entering the context that implements ecological sensitivity in our daily lives, there is no doubt that the construction would be one of the sectors in which it would have to mostly translate their effects. And it is that construction activity is one that generates greater ecological footprint.
At the end of the day, the urban projects rather modify certain territory and alter natural ecosystems. Also, these infrastructures entail a high concentration of energy and electronic equipment and systems, and their conjunction with other potentially polluting activities.
Therefore, it should not surprise you that the main regulatory standards of environmental protection have focused on the area of housing. Among them, we have to emphasize building bans in certain areas (nature reserves, coasts, etc.) and obligations concerning the houses certify their energy efficiency (not to expend more energy than necessary).
Today, issues such as the aforementioned are minimal environmental responsibility to be aware of. And this is something that Minka Houses, as we shall see below, are taken seriously.
The conviction about the sustainability
Minka Houses is the vanguard building system implemented successfully by the architect Joan Enric Ejarque Velázquez. Among its main features we include speed, modernity and sustainability. Today we'll focus on the latter concept.
And is that sustainability (that is, minimize the impact on the natural environment so that it does not see altered its basic equilibrium) is not only a requirement applicable to the construction of Minka Houses, but part of its commitment to a model of private houses.
Innovation is not incompatible with respect for the environment and, in fact, it is possible to build houses with optimum yields good having him present. In addition to this criterion, founded on quality, Minka Houses take seriously a concept that is gaining weight in today's business world, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
CSR is to try to improve the environment in which the company conducts its business. And this, as you can imagine, has a particular impact on the environmental issue. That is, it is acting, quite simply, to leave the land that is depressed better than how we found it.
The minkas as prototypes of sustainability
Minka Houses has not adopted this name by chance. A trip to Japan from the architect Joan Enric Ejarque Velázquez was essential for this be captivated by the simplicity and functionality of a traditional Japanese houses known as minkas.
It was old houses of farmers living in rural areas of the country, but its architectural model, its usefulness had been exported to cities. There are current minkas that are still being built in the traditional style, while others (especially those in urban areas) have been adapted to some functional or technological requirements of homes today.
Anyway, we must emphasize that the spirit of the minkas still alive and the proof is that today, there remain both supply and demand for such homes. Not surprisingly, his views are still valid, since they are based on optimizing building structures and materials used in it to shape fully efficient and affordable homes.
In fact, the original minkas (today, are proud of Japanese culture) were constructed with materials that were in the same environment of housing, as domestic economies did not allow for the import. Therefore, we must review the importance of bamboo, clay, straw and, above all, wood.
Next, we will check how the choice of the concept minka for the projects of Joan Enric Ejarque Velázquez has not been free.
The constructive concept of intelligence
One of the greatest virtues of the Minka Houses is the speed with which they are built. Not in vain, this is one of its main demands in a time of great competitiveness in the housing sector. The 6 months that its workers take to finish the whole project implies a really reduced execution time, which has been revealed as a great attraction for the potential buyers. In addition, this term does not imply budgetary deviations or changes occurring on the initial design by your bet (the always formidable modified and rising).
Therefore, here you have one of the first acts of environmental responsibility. The less time the urbanizing activity lasts, the less it pollutes. And this meets Minka Houses to perfection.
But this constructive intelligence is not just about speed of construction, but sustainability has to extend in time by the provisions of the house. In this regard, it is worth focusing on the efficiency of energy systems installed in homes, which achieve an equivalent savings to ensuring energy efficiency ratings A and B. Thus, the basic criteria are met consumer responsible and costs for essential functions of the house are the essential minimum.
As you have read, lessening the impact on the sustainability intelligence constructive medium and long term associated with energy efficiency adds.
Care for the planet
The earth belongs to everyone and therefore all our actions, without exception, have consequences in the future. As part of that Corporate Social Responsibility, Minka Houses is a particularly scrupulous company in achieving the natural resources necessary to carry out their works of architecture.
That is why Minka Houses uses 100% ecological materials and the resources that are obtained (especially wood, which is the star material of their houses) have been extracted from sustainable farms. That is, they have been achieved through good practices, which do not detract from the sustainability of ecosystems or the peoples that inhabit them.
Wood as the key
Indeed, wood, as in the original minkas, is the central element of these houses. We refer to wood CLT (for its acronym in English, Cross Laminated Timber), that is, technological laminated wood structure.
This sophisticated material protrudes certain advantages, which then will summarize:
These structures have a major role in the floors and load-bearing structures and facilitate the composition of geometric shapes and big lights. And the versatility of the material in question facilitates its combination with materials such as glass or steel.
Wood is a noble material that adds beauty to homes, but we also appreciate its compact properties involve a great resistance, which will make homes based on it lasting long years and support smooth the weather. With maintenance and comparable to those of other materials protection, they can withstand the effects of fire better than some metal structures
Quality of life
Wood interior expel humidity, which favors our health (especially if you have respiratory and rheumatic pains). Wood also does not alter the electromagnetic fields, which is also positive to prevent insomnia and circulatory and nervous problems. Also, welfare increases because wooden houses are 5 times quieter than those made of concrete or brick.
Finally, we have to influence the low thermal conductivity of wood. Their isolation will allow you to enjoy a refreshing atmosphere in summer and warm in winter.