What is Regenerative Design?
The goal of Regenerative Design is for all materials and energies absorbed or generated by the system
to be recycled in a way which enriches the system further, making it better. The concept of waste is eliminated. Sustainability
as it is currently practiced is focused on minimizing what we use. By contrast, nature does not necessarily aim to use less,
but to use everything (including waste) to make more resources.
How can we begin creating a regenerative society?
- We can create
buildings and communities that are more resilient to disruptions in the power grid, gas, water and sewer services.
- We can create buildings
which are healthier to live in, with plenty of natural daylight and ventilation, access to nature, and no toxic substances.
can employ renewable energy systems that derive their power from the sun and wind (as nearly all life on earth does), saving on utility
bills and protecting natural resources.
- We can harvest and reuse rainwater and wastewater on site, reducing the need for expensive
sewer improvements, reducing utility bills and nourishing the local landscape.
- We can select building products whose manufacture
actually improves the health of the communities where the materials are extracted, processed and assembled.
- We can compost organic
matter (waste food and, yes, other stuff too) and use it to enrich the soil.
- We can create landscaping that is beautiful
and helps feed us at the same time (AND which provides shade to keep us cool, oxygen to breathe, habitat for birds, bees
and other beneficial animals, etc.).
- We can make products using materials that are 100% recyclable into new products of
equal or better quality OR which biodegrade and enrich the soil.
- We can develop local industries that meet our needs efficiently,
provide employment for local residents and enrich the local economy.
- We can design (and redesign) communities to promote the spiritual,
intellectual, economic and physical wellbeing of its residents.
This approach shares many characteristics and methods with
the field of permaculture, which is relatively new, but which draws on centuries of indigenous knowledge.
A change this profound
will not happen overnight, but we can get the ball rolling. We can design our systems to evolve as better products and processes
become available (fostering these improvements as well). In the beginning, our designs may only perform as well as the best
'sustainable' designs do, but in time, we can achieve so much more by thinking regeneratively.
In addition to helping you create
a safe, comfortable and beautiful project, we provide the expertise and perform the research needed to realize the design goals