In 2013 a lot of innovations and interesting progress has been made in the area of creating sustainable buildings. The public is getting increasingly aware of the need for sustainable or green buildings. A recent survey says, there are currently 50,000 LEED projects which are underway.
So here are a few trends/predictions for the foreseeable future.
-Green Buildings will be managed in the “Cloud.”
The performance, building management, etc will be managed and monitored online.
-Disclosing Green Building Performance made Mandatory
Commercial building owners will have to submit the actual green building performance to all residents and buyers and in some cases even to the public at large.
– Solar energy will be increasingly used
As many communities move toward net-zero energy buildings, Solar energy will emerge as No. 1 energy source.
-Green building will grow outside the US.
Around 90 countries around the world now have fledgling or properly established green building organizations and are beginning to create lucrative incentives for adopters.
It is predicted that at the end of 2012, 40% of all LEED-registered projects are outside of America, and they are in the nascent stage in more than 130 countries.
In terms of innovations, here are a few ones which caught our eye.
– The Urban Remediation and Civic Infrastructure Hub in Brazil
This building aims to bring the community together and provide it with more features areas for urban agriculture, a water management system which uses rain water and an enhanced transport infrastructure. The structure creates a number of various spaces which have been used for education and cultural activities by featuring a music school, a concert hall and sports area.
– Cascadia Centre for Sustainable Design and Construction in USA
This building is rated as one of the worlds most energy efficient commercial building. This building generates 100 percent and it features an extensive photo-voltaic array, a high-end waste water management system and encourages the sharing of resources.
It is also made in such a way that it can adapt to the technologies of the future.
The future looks exciting and wonderful with so many innovations and progress in sustainable buildings around the world.
Looking forward to the future.
1. 10 Inspirational Sustainable buildings – http://bit.ly/16beCmH
2. World’s green building trends – http://bit.ly/1aN3fj8