Millennials are a force to be reckoned with. How else could one explain the surge in green building trends? We are known to be an extremely environmentally friendly generation with a high level of market influence to encourage companies to implement sustainable practices. Building companies are bending to the new rules due to client demands and new environmental regulations. So let’s take a look at the latest innovations in modern environmentally friendly construction businesses.
Did you know that the UK obtained one quarter of their energy in 2017 from solar panels? If region with more grey skies than sun can convert to solar, you can imagine the amount of energy produced by every home in Arabian desert countries like Saudi Arabia. Countries are literally competing to get the most of the energy source available to their residents.
The world’s biggest greenhouse gas producer has also set up the largest floating solar farm in 2018. Indeed, China is turning to renewable energy sources, too. On the small scale, roofs with solar panels are increasingly being introduced into neighborhoods. The fact that the cost of the installing roof solar panels in the US has dropped by 70% in the last means there has never been a better time to install.
Passive Building Design
The design in question is very active when it comes to energy saving. Passive building design implies certain aspects of the building process can help save thousands of dollars in the long-term because homes will be more energy efficient. For instance, increasing the number of windows will reduce the need for artificial lightning which will lower electricity costs. Also, proper insulation is required to keep home temperatures cool in summer and warm in cooler periods.
Green roofs are another green idea that have proved excellent in practice. The aforementioned temperature regulation. This can be effortlessly achieved by incorporating some plants and soil on top of the building.
People are increasingly becoming more conscious of the value of water and are starting to make small changes. By improving water efficiency, it’s possible to save hundreds of dollars on a yearly basis. For instance, did you know that using a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway could save you over 3,000 gallons of water?
By making some simple changes such as using grey water, you’ll be recycling 50-80% of your used household water. It’s not just new homes that can take advantage, there are many ways you can recycle water such as using water from your washing machine to water your plants.
There’s a new form of concrete used in construction called self-healing concrete. The concrete is enriched with bacteria which create limestone and fill in the cracks appearing over time. Not adding extra concrete is a huge deal if we bear in mind concrete production is one of the culprits for excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
This is a trend which doesn’t refer to the literally seeing through your materials. Building companies are being pressured into becoming more open about the types of materials they are using and just how eco-friendly they are. The consumer consciousness has changed compared to the previous generations and now it’s a matter of pride.
Having witnessed natural disasters and its consequences to infrastructure, more and more construction companies are investing in disaster-proof materials. The devastating effects of the 2010 Christchurch earthquake are still ongoing as the city continues to rebuild.
To summarize, ongoing green trends are definitely worth the praise. People are increasingly taking care of the environment and not taking it for granted. Because how can we guarantee there will be a world to look after in the future if we don’t take care if it now?