In today’s era, many people have realized environmental concerns and are now taking steps to preserve the environment. Being green is the cue and everyone is following it. So many people have already tapped into the power of solar, but many others are now playing their parts to make a difference. People who buy homes today not only care about the resale value and the comfort, they also factor in energy efficiency. As for businesses, they have already made significant investments in trying to be green.
According to a survey, nearly 55% of commercial buildings will have become green in the next two years. As far as residential buildings are concerned, 33% will be green by then. These percentages imply an investment worth $248 billion and $105 billion, respectively.
So while trying to be green, what should be kept in mind? The industry experts gathered for a discussion and indentified the main design elements that should be focused on.
The multifamily housing industry is filled with opportunities
Over the past few years, the multifamily industry has become quite popular and many people prefer these units over single family houses. As such, this industry can be utilized to take the green movement a level up. Multifamily housing involves both residential and commercial units, which makes this a more attractive option.
New standards and practices should be launched that are aimed at zero waste
Up till now, the focus has been on making a single building or home energy efficient. Now it is time to concentrate on making an entire block or community energy efficient. This can be achieved, but for this new codes and standards will have to be designed and enforced so that consistency can be achieved.
The present cannot be ignored while considering the future
Renewable energy and green methods still have a lot of room for research and improvement. A step in this direction is important, but so is the fact that we also need to tap into the technologies that we have with us right now. While we should improve the methods for the future, we should also make the most of them right now.
Big data needs to get bigger
A lot more data is needed for advancement than we have right now. If we can analyze this, we will be able to improve both the design and operation while reducing the costs involved.