Landscape design and gardens escapes can make a site look beautiful and also serve as a functional habitat and sustainable engine for the environment. Addressing elements like climate modification, food production, water management, air quality, landscape materials, energy consumption, biodiversity, and wildlife management are all a part of the big picture for home builders crafting large sites that will have an impact on the local climate. Sustainable design is paramount for longevity and the local community.
Sustainable building is all about installing native plants and crafting landscapes that are in line with the new ecology that is born when homes and other structures are created. This can encompass plant life irrigated by natural water resources like rain and runoff, food production, and sustainable management practices.
Even small blocks of land can be re-purposed for food production in an overall landscape design. By planning and executing for food production, the ecological footprint of those residing in the new development can be minimized.
When a new structure is built, it effectively supplants the nutrient-rich soil that soaked in rainwater and played its part in dispersing that natural resource to other areas of the site. New buildings or homes can be designed to capture rainwater and redirect it to water natural or installed vegetation which can help to reduce the footprint the structure has on the site.
Sustainable sourced landscape and construction materials can be used in building projects in a further effort to reduce the impact on the environment.
Sustainable landscapes traditionally have very small water and energy impacts on any given site. Despite this fact, these types of environmentally engineered sites still require maintenance. Existing gardens and sustainable designed environments can more efficiently use rainwater and other natural resources to contribute to a maintenance-free landscape.