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Green Construction Trends for 2018- 2019

Thanks to a growing awareness of the impact of carbon emissions, air and ground pollution, and other byproducts of progress, maintaining green construction projects has become more critical than ever. Here are some industry trends to keep on your radar in 2018.

1. Disaster-Proof Construction

Both new and old projects have to meet specific standards, many of which can be negatively affected by climate change. Property owners everywhere are experiencing financial hits due to climate change. The damage is still climbing and expected to reach $400 billion.

According to FEMA, every dollar spent on resilient construction saves four dollars in recovery and damage control. To prevent expensive damage, resources are being channelled into the construction of buildings and infrastructure that will either withstand disasters or successfully adapt to them, such as:

  • Wind-resistant roofing
  • Building materials that are both storm and water-resistant
  • Elevated building designs

Construction methods that anticipate disaster can help prevent buildings from being demolished in natural calamities and minimise the scope of any necessary recovery effort.

2. Recyclables

The construction industry produces tons of waste per year, so it makes sense that recycling remaining materials is happening more and more. Renovation and demolition projects are a couple examples of undertakings that produce a lot of excess material, much of which is now being recycled instead of sent to a landfill. Even concrete is being reused as an aggregate foundation for roads.

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3. Green Buildings

These structures reduce gas emissions and conserve both drinking water and energy. Features like the following are now becoming more common:

  • Rainwater collection
  • Living walls (walls covered in plants)
  • Home purification systems
  • Renewable energy sources

In addition to their clear environmental benefits, these buildings also have major social and economic benefits. Utility bills will go down as property value goes up.

4. Renewable Resources

Solar energy use in the U.S. has quintupled in the last five years. Cells are becoming increasingly efficient while the cost to create them is going down. Whether solar panels are attached to existing buildings or incorporated into new designs, they are a simple way to lower energy costs. In addition, more residential homes will have access to storing energy from renewable sources. According to Green Builder Media, battery systems like the Tesla Powerwall have received investment funds to the tune of $22 billion since last year’s hurricane season, signalling a larger adoption of battery micro grids and related technologies this year.

5. Leed Certification

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system designed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). This label enables holders to be recognised as green contractors by several important parties. Not all projects have to meet identical requirements to qualify, but a growing number of construction projects will be carried out with the goal of meeting those valued standards.

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