As urban centers continue to expand, developers and cities are working together to ensure that newly constructed buildings meet modern standards of ecological design. There are many aspects of urban development that impact our surroundings, the most obvious being buildings. However, there are some exciting new sustainable building trends that will continue to grow in popularity as economically viable and eco-friendly solutions.
The World Economic Forum estimates that buildings account for more than 70% of urban greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings also have significant impacts on energy consumption, water management, and urban planning. Therefore, in order to have tangible benefits for the communities and the environment, it’s important to encourage the development of sustainable building trends.
Some sustainable building trends are listed below:
- Certifications, Carbon Policies, and Incentives: are three elements that challenge and encourage the market to deliver “environment oriented” buildings.
- Incorporate Plants Into Buildings and Integrated Design: plants provide many benefits such as improvements on biodiversity, air quality and ecology, urban heat reduction, storm water run-off and, psychological benefits. An integrated design approach improves a building’s sustainability.
- Green Procurement Policies: public sector spending can have a significant impact in driving the market towards “green solutions”.
- Supply Chain Management and Recycling: supply chains can reduce waste using Plug and Play solutions and recycled materials.
- Renewable Energy: buildings can be equipped, for example, with rooftop photovoltaic to produce clean energy from a renewable source.
- Smart Buildings: a smart building leverages available technologies, like motion sensors, in order to improve its efficiency.
- Refurbishment: refurbishment, both in the commercial and in the residential sectors, if done properly, can improve a building’s sustainability. For instance, water saving toilets can reduce water consumption.
- Smart Occupants: occupant behavior is key to efficient resource utilization within a building.