HSBC Sustainable Growth Program | Meetup#2 Sustainable Houses

June 22, 2020

Did you know that globally we emit 36 billion tons of CO2 each year? And produce 1.3 billion tons of garbage? Terrible numbers, aren’ they? But are there any solutions to solve these problems?

First of all, we can all start with ourselves and our homes. Building new houses emitting a lower amount of CO2, or greenhouses to affect less global warming is the answer. Call it a sustainable home, green home, or eco-home, which can be one of the possible solutions in the global context. Starting from ecological design organically fitting and conserving local landscape and trees; use of materials, energy; up to minimalism in our lifestyle.

Secondly, we can promote our living and job we do to increase awareness among people. This is the reason why in the framework of Sustainable Growth Program powered by HSBC Turkey, Hackquarters is constantly organizing meetups to increase public awareness for the Sustainable Development Goals. Following Zero Waste meetup in February 2020 second online meetup was touching the topic of Sustainable Houses and Living.

Sustainable Construction: Sustainable Materials

21st century is the era of allergy; every day millions of people are suffering from various types of allergies. Most of the allergies are caused by chemical composites of materials surrounding us at homes. Now many families are considering natural buildings using natural materials like clay, sand, straw, timber, rocks, and many more. When mixed with water, straw as an organic fiber can be used for the preparation of clay blocks. Or event using very exotic materials like bamboo and rice-hulls. The use of recycled materials in home construction is also becoming more popular in natural buildings, including used tires, bottles, carpets, and glass. A wide variety of recycled materials is proving more possibilities for the usage in different stages and parts of the construction.

Environmental sustainability at the same time is positively affecting both the quality and lifetime of the houses; and the health of people living in these houses.

Sustainable Consumption: Sustainable Living

Energy is one of the most expensive and profitable industries in the world. Annually countries producing raw materials like oil and gas are draining more their natural resources which bring enormous profit for many countries around the world. But while counting the income these economies are more ofter extremely resource- dependable; which means that national budget is being sufficiently affected by the fluctuations at the oil and gas prices at the global stock markets. Economic sustainability in the context of consumption becomes very much obvious with the careful planning reducing costs of energy use, water; and which is now having more meaning while design and construction of the houses.

Heating, air conditioning, and in general indoor climate control is becoming more important not only in office buildings but in homes as well. More efficient houses can use less heat; at the same time maintaining ventilation of polluted indoor air. Solar panels and curtains, compost streams, and energy from waste easily collect and transfer energy enough for the consumption of the families indoor and outdoor. In the light of COVID-19 and global lockdowns more people are now consciously or unconsciously started following urban farming trends. Home gardens can be now seen everywhere around the globe. Semi Hakim, Founder of Kök Projekt was talking more on urban farming and new global trends in the indoor and outdoor planting.

Sustainable Lifestyle: Sustainable In-Home

You might say that reducing our carbon footprint and practicing sustainable living is just a new trend, but for many people, it is an attempt to shift a mindset and a lifestyle. More and more after COVID-19, we all are thinking about minimalism in our life in the context of consumed food, clothes, cleaning materials, furniture, etc. Social sustainability is not just simplifying our own living, but adding more flexibility and comfort for people with different abilities and groups. Dilara Koçak was talking about how to sustain our nutrition, enriching it with more vitamins and minerals; produce food by yourself; or reduce food waste. An experienced nutritionist and happiness coach will be sharing her secrets of happy living.

Startups to join us during the Sustainable Homes Meetup on 22.06.2020

Compose It- Compost house food waste. Alumni of Sustainable Growth Program

MumO- Reusable organic packaging. Alumni of Sustainable Growth Program

Vahaa- Urban and indoor farming.

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