Eco Friendly Building Trends to Watch Out for in 2017

By Bob Gorman posted 04-25-2017 15:58

The world has set a roadmap to adopt more energy efficient and environmentally friendly technologies in order to mitigate the rate of global warming. One of the key components of this change was in the construction sector, and today the sustainable building is the order of the day.


The main focus of green building is to ensure that buildings make a more efficient use of natural resources and eventually lower their energy consumption. This allows for a sustainable use of natural resources, which is where we get the term sustainable building from.

Here are some of the biggest sustainable architectural trends to keep an eye on in 2017.

Net Zero Energy

The world’s appetite for energy has been one of the leading causes of the depletion of natural resources with irreparable damage on the environment.

To reverse these trends, buildings are being constructed with a net zero energy ideal. This implies that the building produces all the energy required to meet the energy needs of the building using alternative and green sources. For instance, more buildings have solar panels to produce electricity for lighting and other needs. The Wind is also another favorite for complementing energy sources in green buildings.

Sustainable architecture dictates that buildings are constructed in a manner that their energy consumption is kept to a bare minimum. For instance, buildings can have insulation that prevents heat loss during winter and therefore reduce energy used for heating.

It is also a fact that replacing traditional electric lamps with LED ones reduces electricity consumption by as much as 6%, which can have a significant impact on energy consumption in the long run.

Home Automation

Automation is all the rage right now, and the world of construction is no exception. Everyone has been caught in the frenzy and there is very little that cannot be controlled remotely in today’s world. Taking advantage of IoT, buildings are automating most common functions. 

The automation of HVAC, lighting and heating systems in a building can translate to a huge energy consumption reduction. Moreover, even daily appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, ovens, and dryers can be monitored and controlled remotely.

It is very easy to overlook the total increase in energy consumption that is caused by the small things we forget to do to save energy. Automated lighting, for instance, ensures that the lights go off immediately when there is enough natural light. This may be negligible, but it can go a long way in keeping your energy consumption within acceptable limits.

Blending Greenery into Buildings

Major architectural projects are usually done at the expense of the environment. Huge areas have to be deforested in the process. Deforestation has been identified as one of the biggest contributors to global warming since flora plays an important part in maintaining a balanced climate.

New building trends show a rise in buildings that incorporate parks and green areas covered with gardens. As a matter of fact, the Color of the Year awards theme for 2017 was green and rewarded architectural designs that effectively blended nature into their designs.

Planting more trees and other plants is the best way global warming can be reversed. It is, therefore, important that green buildings find a way of blending concrete with flora and fauna.


Sustainability approaches usually have two main focuses; to find the alternative renewable energy and also to reduce consumption through energy efficiency. These two have been the guide to sustainable architecture in the commercial real estate sector.

As more architectural design companies seek to comply with LEED certification, it is evident that more energy efficient building technologies will continue to be introduced beyond 2017.

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