The first thing an architectural team looks for when deciding to build a house or a residential place is a suitable location in which to install or execute their plans. The second and most important matter they consider is the materials that will be used in order to provide the best possible experience for both the company in charge of supervising the plans and the residents who will be living in this house or place of residence.
Long before modern techniques of extraction were developed, traditional methods of extracting resources and commodities were always employed with little or no consideration given to the repercussions or affects on the environment or the long-term viability of the resources themselves. It was only recently that the Ibrahim Joharji and INJ Architecture team realized that it was time to pay more attention to the methods or processes by which natural resources can be extracted, particularly those that allow our houses and buildings to stand tall, whether they are the rocks that we cut and mold or the water and other liquid materials that are used in construction and development.
The craft of stone cutting consists of the following steps:
Because there are so many new and inventive ways to design and style houses and structures nowadays, it was only logical that even more new and innovative techniques of processing the same materials that are used to construct these buildings would develop as well. The team came up with a number of different methods of cutting and utilizing rocks that can make the most use of all of the pieces that are formed after the cutting process, no matter how large or little they are, and that do not need us to discard the majority of the rocks or their fragments. Chemically cutting rocks, blasting them, or carefully and successfully crushing them into smooth slabs without disposing of the crude or rough bits of a rock are examples of procedures used in the mining industry.
In this way, even the most unpolished mountain ranges of rocks may be transformed into a rich supply of raw materials and minerals. Although a team of ecologists is needed to further investigate this technology, it appears to be promising and, if used correctly, can save a significant amount of time and energy while not polluting or harming the environment. In addition, reusing rock fragments and smaller pieces can not only help to preserve our environment and resources, but it can also encourage the growth of a variety of other fields (such as art, architecture, science, geology, and even biology). Thus, relying heavily on new resources will only harm sustainability and eventually lead to a scarcity of materials; therefore, it is vital and necessary to investigate newer methods that can reuse rock remains in innovative and useful ways.
Purifying and reusing the water from the air conditioning system
Europeans might find it strange that a Saudi architect would do something like this, but Ibrahim Joharji, who devotes a great deal of time and effort to architectural research dedicated to sustainability, sees it as a charitable endowment that he provides to the community and the country. For Americans or other people who live in coastal and Mediterranean areas where water is abundant, but deserts and rocky, dry areas cover the majority of Saudi Arabia’s terrains, it is a subtropian idea.
In order to address this issue, the team recommended that water generated by air conditioners be purified and reused in various daily life occurrences such as cleaning, watering plants, washing laundry, and bathing, rather than using potable water for those purposes. This would avoid the country being in danger of running out of water resources.
As a result, air conditioners generate a significant amount of water each day, which is almost always wasted and dumped into gutters or waterways, or left to dry instantly in the heat of the day, rendering it ultimately ineffective without being put to use for its intended purposes. As a result of this, the team decided that they would begin researching methadone treatment options for people who suffer from severe allergies.
Natural resource sustainability has become increasingly important in the Arabian region, and more research into all of the possible ways that can help keep these resources and prevent their exhaustion is now required. The talented team provided these scientifically plausible methods that can both protect our environment and utilize its resources -without exhaustion- in the most beneficial way that is useful to both the Arabian people and the tourists or travelers that are looking for a unique experience in the region.