Sustainable Architecture describes environmentally conscious design techniques for the highest use of efficiency with the lowest usage of energy. The main concept of sustainable architecture comes from the modest usage of materials.
It promotes natural living which produces in the long term a healthier way of life. It derives from the problems that have been occurring with global warming and how as humans we can alleviate global warming through architecture. The social and economic pressures of today have pushed architects and designers to think in long term scenerios not just in terms of material use but also in terms of the long term economic benefits.
The concept of sustainable architecture also infuses with the concept of living buildings. Living buildings are buildings that actively recycle water and renew energy sources. Buildings that do not acquire these features are referred to as ‘non living’ buildings that are basically in a vegetative state and are slowly deteriorating.