Sustainability: Bioclimatic Tropical Architecture in Honduras
On Airbnb I came across a recycled containers stay in Honduras. The sustainable architecture concept fascinated me and I wanted to experience it first hand. I adored my stay in every way. Gabriel and Veronica, the hosts and founders of VeGa Community, are gems in every way.
I never imagined I would get to meet Angela the architect behind the recycled containers and Techos Verdes. Not only that, but I experienced a Bioclimatic Tropical Architecture Tour with Angela.
You may be curious about sustainable development?
According to our Common Future (Brundtland Report), sustainable development is defined as development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Witnessing first hand how this applies to sustainable architecture in a tropical environment is fascinating. I loved being immersed in insights of how the elements of the world may work with us vs. against us.
I found myself immersed in the past, present and future of Bioclimatic Tropical Architecture.
Bioclimatic Tropical Architecture integrates balance with nature, respect and protection of life.
Let's jump into my experience with Bioclimatic Tropical Architecture in Honduras in San Pedro Sula with Techos Verdes with Angela. I'll share insights that will educate, fascinate and inspire you with sustainability.
All About Bioclimatic Tropical Architecture
Bioclimatic Tropical Architecture is designed for tropical climate and geographic location while promoting health and energy efficiency. It is focused on urban sustainability that aligns to the location vs. foreign architecture that may not be best. Bioclimatic Tropical Architecture is focused on minimizing health impacts, environmental resources, and economics.
On my Architecture Tour with Angela, I learned that the sun, wind and rain will impact the decisions made the most. In Tropical Climates, there is no need for insulation.
For example, in Central America, the average daytime temperature is 32 to 35 degrees Celsius, or 90-95 degrees Fahrenheit. In comparison, the evening average is about 20 degrees Celsius, or 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
It is important to point out that every location in Central America is not the same with sun, rain, and wind. For example, in San Pedro Sula, where Techos Verdes is located, they receive an annual average of 12-14 inches of rain. In comparison, in Costa Rica the country averages over 100 inches or rain annually, and in some parts of the country over 25 feet rain annually.
As a result, the vision of a smart design is important from the start. It lays the foundation to improve energy efficiency right away. Like with anything in life, every decision made with architecture designing in a tropical climate has a profound impact.
Increasing proper position of buildings, shade, and ventilation impact improving energy efficiency.
Angela shared passionately, purposefully, and practically every step of the way during the 3 hour experience on architecture.
In the course of my Architecture Tour, I learned about urban design, shade and ventilation. The easy way to increase shade and energy efficiency is to use shade and trees. At the same time, urban planning is instrumental upfront to placement of power lines. In addition, considering shifting sidewalks to work with nature.
I learned about healthy buildings with smart design, awnings, and ventilation. I saw first hand the placement of metal roofs and baskets above buildings, and metal and plants on the sides of buildings in Techos Verdes to improve energy efficiency.
During my tour, I saw designs in the complex, recycled containers, and Las Casitas Bioclimate Home Community.
I learned a new appreciation and insight into building with nature and not against it.
I saw how energy savings results in 4-10x with smart design and execution impacting us and the planet.
With every step you take, the love for architecture working with nature is evident.
Techos Verdes: Bioclimatic Commercial Plaza
Angela, originally from Honduras, started developing Bioclimatic Tropical Architecture years ago.
Over 15 years ago, Angela developed Techos Verdes with Architecture, Education, Meditation, Activities, and