The evidence is growing that sustainable buildings provide financial rewards for building owners, operators, and occupants. Green building requires a collaborate effort between, architects, engineers, and contractors in order to co-create a built environment that focuses on renewable energy, sustainable materials, water conservation, site development and indoor environmental quality.
With buildings accounting for a third of the world’s current energy use, and with 54 percent of the world’s population currently living in urban areas – a figure which is set to continue rising – the human impact on the environment in urban areas is undeniably huge. Thankfully, there are organizations and people involved in sustainable development in these areas who are helping to drive the goals and regulations in green building that can truly help to turn the current trend of a disaster impact around. Continue reading
One of the most important planning considerations of any building project is being able to accurately calculate the operational efficiency of systems and design elements going into it. For green building, these calculations will weigh hugely on the ultimate decision on whether to build green (to certification standards – important for driving progress in the industry), thus rendering them an important factor in the planning stage of the building’s lifecycle.
The SmartMarket report on Global Green Building Trends for 2016 has recently been released. The industry has grown exponentially in the last decade, with many countries – both developed and developing – setting future energy efficiency goals and targets for the building sector. Here’s a look at some of the top trends in global green building and drivers in the growth of the industry.
Building Information Modeling is a powerful tool for design and construction in the 21st century. Not only is there a strong case for BIM being an effective tool for sustainable design in the project planning of energy efficiency goals – particularly towards Zero Net Energy implementation in green buildings design that has identified that goal for their project – but also as a business consideration for effective cost saving, starting in the design phase.
One of the primary considerations for architects and designers in green building design is the energy efficiency of the building as a functioning whole – and of course of the individual design elements that make up the building. Energy efficiency is playing an ever more important role in buildings that aim towards particular sustainability goals, such as Zero Net Energy.
Considering that almost half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, cities are facing greater challenges by the day in managing and curbing their impact on the environment. The rapid rate of urbanization and exponential increase in the size of urban areas contribute greatly to climatic differences between urban and rural areas – meaning simply, that urban areas are contributing greatly to global warming by getting warmer. Continue reading
In this blog series, we’ll be taking a look at some of the top-rated cities for green building design projects in Asia. In this edition, we’re highlighting Singapore, which is also arguably one of the top-rated cities in the world for its sustainable design efforts, and energy saving in buildings, according to the report of the Top 10 Global Cities for Green Buildings.