One of the fastest growing types of construction and renovation today is with green buildings. Many construction firms are moving their operations into the green building arena. Some firms are estimating that their work could be over 59 percent green construction by 2015. This is a continuing trend. Some firms are reporting their green work has more than doubled since 2008.
Increase in Demand
According to an article on Greenbiz.com, this is a trend that’s common around the world. Firms in South Africa have experienced their green work more than triple. It has doubled in Germany, Brazil and Norway. Some construction firms in Singapore, United Kingdom and Australia have experienced increases of over 65 percent.
The trend into the future will be on developing a building’s energy efficiency. This will involve more utilization of automation. Cloud-based systems are able to increase more efficient use of energy. It is estimated that new commercial and private real estate structures will have even more advanced automation for energy within the next year.
Healthy Building Materials
The shift in the building industry is away from materials that contain any form of chemicals. It is estimated that the competition between building product manufacturers will be increase. Each will be trying to establish and maintain their share of the green building materials market. There is now a trend toward disclosure. Building product manufacturers are making certain to label their materials as green.
The construction of green buildings continues to increase. The remodeling of buildings to make them more green is increasing even more. There are now hundreds of Federal buildings that are being are being made more green. The number of remodeling permits issued form green remodeling has been rising steadily.
The energy performance of green buildings is improving. Dozens of cities around the United States have enacted laws regarding the reporting the performance of government green buildings. Carbon emissions, energy efficiency, health issues and more are being recorded.
There are many different ways that green buildings are being financed. There are solar companies who are installing solar panels on buildings at no cost. The owners of the building are only required to only pay for the energy they utilize. This means a building owner will not have to pay for the expense of buying an solar electric system and having it installed. Ownership of the solar electric system remains with the solar company. Various communities around the country also receive tax incentives to have green technology installed.
New green technology is being developed for roofing. There are a variety of different cool roofs being currently utilized. In certain areas, the climate requires steep-slope roofing for energy efficiency. It is able to install a cool roof, and still complement the structure’s design. Saxony slate provides a positive appearance and delivers the advantages of a much heavier material.
Recent weather events have caused an increased awareness of storm water and flooding damage. There are green roofs designed to help with this issue as well as provide a rainwater recovery system. This is one way to address the water shortages that are experienced in places around the world.
When green building technology is used, energy costs decrease. Green construction is able to decrease maintenance issues with centralized automation systems. The devices needed to experience a significant improvement in costs are inexpensive. It is now possible for a building owner or manager to know the building’s energy use, and make adjustments as necessary.