Commercial construction continues to go green this 2020!
And NO! You can't just slap a solar panel on the roof or stick a recycling bin in a break room, call your commercial building "green" and reap the rewards. Plus, terms like "eco-friendly" and "green" are vague and don't have any concrete meaning. In order to reap some of the monetary benefits of building green, you have to follow some standards.
At the most fundamental level, green construction is less taxing on natural resources and ensures cleaner and safer construction sites and workplaces. Resulting in lower costs associated with energy and water usage and even waste management.
So, what are NET-ZERO ENERGY BUILDING?
These are buildings that create as much renewable energy as the building consumes in a year is considered a net-zero energy building. Net-positive energy buildings, on the other hand, generate more energy than they consume.
These buildings are far from standard, but according to the Global Buildings Performance Network, “such a paradigm shift in the building sector is necessary if we are to tackle the predicted climate change impacts of the historically unprecedented boom in new construction in emerging economies and to ensure the supply of affordable energy for all.”
As it stands, the California Public Utility Commission has set net zero energy goals for all new residential construction by 2020 and commercial buildings by 2030. And we’re seeing examples of companies who are demonstrating their commitment to zero-net or net-positive energy construction.
Globally, green building will likely continue its worldwide growth, especially in most countries of Europe and North America, as well as in fast-growing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, South America, and the Middle East. Each year, more government agencies, universities, property developers, and corporate real estate managers incorporate green design ideas and measures into their buildings and facilities.
There is nothing on the horizon that will stop this real estate trend. Do you agree? Let us know in the comment section below!
About the writer: Shaura Cuyan writes about all the hottest Real Estate trends and predictions for Summit VA Solutions! She has previously written for a number of freelancing gigs and writes her own blog on lifestyle and current issues. She is a Graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Communication, taking up her Masters in Development Communication.