Does CAD Provide Gateway to Sustainable Future?
In order to design a sustainable future for the world, it is important to envision a design for objects and buildings that supports the ecology and promotes sustainability. Where change is required, the design should enable adjustment and attainment of stability and accommodation of change. In this way, despite the limited number of resources, sustainable design can help to meet the needs of humanity in the future as well as the present.
In various fields nowadays, ranging from architecture and product design to the design of communities and transport systems, there is a rising expectation that design will be sustainable for the future. Being eco-friendly is a key aspect of design in the current times which no 3d CAD Services Company can ignore. Clients are becoming more and more sensitive to issues such as sustainability, low environmental impact, durability and other such concepts. Therefore, in order to succeed in the future, it is more important for design companies to use systems that help them produce such designs.
The million dollar question is that what is the role of CAD in achieving this kind of future? More specifically, how can CAD help us to achieve sustainable design for the 21st century and beyond? Some of the ways in which CAD helps businesses and communities to build a sustainable design is by incorporating some simple things. Firstly, its designs are based on materials that are non-toxic and have a low impact on the environment. The methods used in designing are sustainable because they make efficient use of energy. Thirdly, the design is durable which means that the products or environments designed using CAD are long-lasting which reduces the trash problem. Moreover, the products are designed with the aim that they can be reused or recycled after they have served their purpose. This also helps to minimize the problem of land and water pollution.
Another way in which CAD serves as the gateway to sustainable design is by focusing on simplicity of design. As far as possible, a single or limited range of materials are used to design the product. In this way, the impact on environmental resources is minimized and efficiency of the process is increased. Finally, the scope for pollution is reduced because CAD uses such design processes which minimize the impact of design on the environment.
Has CAD anticipated the moves and actions of governments around the world? For example, what has CAD done to address the strict policies of the government to restrict carbon emissions from different industrial processes? The answer to all of the above questions is YES! The modern versions of CAD are equipped with such functionality and features that they can very easily design products and systems that have a minimal impact on the environment. One quick example is STAR. This is called an eco-designer for the simple reason is that it helps to create sustainable designs for different types of buildings. It works by dividing the building into various thermal areas and then creating the basic design around this. In this way, it becomes possible to design energy-efficient buildings that will have minimum demands for heating and cooling based on burning of fossil fuels. It can easily simulate the different environmental conditions to aid the designer in identifying the most efficient thermal zones in the building. It also gives the designer feedback in real time so that they can change the design to make it more sustainable if the previous design lacks any necessary feature. Other factors of the environment such as the exposure of sunlight and external lighting can further help the designer to place windows in such a way to maximize natural lighting in the indoor spaces. Thus, the need for electric lighting in the building is kept to the bare minimum.
It goes without saying that by taking all the above steps, CAD can help architects and community planners to minimize the costs of heating and cooling, which helps to conserve the fossil fuels and minimize pollution. Furthermore, there is scope for designing such solar panels that can be fixed to these buildings and reduce the need for fossil fuel burning.
Moving forward, CAD can play a strong role in making the future more sustainable through the design of sustainable housing and commercial buildings.