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Rediscovering sustainability: green homes with traditional techniques

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🗞️ Driving the news: As our world becomes more technology-driven, traditional construction methods are gaining recognition for their value in creating sustainable green homes
• While modern techniques offer convenience, they often harm the environment, making it important to revisit traditional wisdom for truly sustainable housing

🔭 The context: The Italian Pavilion at the World Expo showcased a remarkable sustainable building model, featuring meticulous use of reusable materials and ancient techniques, making it the only carbon-neutral structure among 192 pavilions
• Its eco-friendly design included inventive elements like upturned boats for the roof and walls adorned with recycled bottle rope, relying on natural ventilation instead of air conditioning, showcasing the blend of sustainability and innovative design

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Traditional construction methods prioritize natural and sustainable materials like cob, timber, and straw bales, which are locally sourced, biodegradable, and contribute to reduced waste and pollution
• These techniques also emphasize passive solar design, energy efficiency, and integration with modern technologies like solar panels and wind turbines, enhancing their overall sustainability

⏭️ What's next: Embracing traditional techniques in construction leads to the creation of handmade, long-lasting homes that reduce the need for frequent replacements, contributing to sustainability and waste reduction
• Additionally, this approach preserves cultural heritage and fosters a connection between communities and their history, despite potential challenges such as the need for skilled labor and potential cost and time implications

💬 One quote: "Building a sustainable green home using traditional techniques is not about rejecting progress but rather embracing the best of both worlds" (Angelica Krystle Donati, Donati Immobiliare Group)

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