December 13, 2019  |  MarketWatch.com

Because sustainability has become one of the most debated subjects, people are looking for green ideas and building practices that conform to the environmental requirements and their needs. Constructors from all around the world follow the evolution of the construction techniques and material acquisition that can gradually reduce energy, waste and other inefficiencies at a working site.

In a recent survey, over 2,000 international developers and builders stated that they’re expecting to make more than 50% of their projects as a sustainable building by 2021. In order to achieve that number, they’ve planned to attain the following practices:

Net-Zero Energy

Because of the growing concerns relating to energy independence, prices and the impact of climate change, people are looking for easier ways their energy consumption. The practice of net-zero buildings also known as zero-net energy, assure people zero-energy consumption. The entire purpose of this practice is to offer people the same level of energy a house uses over a year. Given the latest advances in construction technologies, creating Net Zero Energy constructions is becoming even more achievable.

Climate Buoyancy

Besides the renewable energy a net-zero building could offer, people are looking for construction measures that can tolerate the harsh weather and natural disasters. Fortunately, through climate resiliency practices, developers are aiming to create stronger frames to diminish weather damages and tear down insurance costs.

Green Construction

Green construction aims to reduce the approximately 40% of all materials in landfills that currently come from conventional construction, renovation and demolition. It’s inspiring new types of architectural and design thinking. “The development and construction industry is ripe for disruption,” says Shepherd co-Founder and CEO, Christine Menedis. “We believe that true sustainable design has to go beyond mere green construction and allow the buildings themselves to withstand the test of time – flexing and adapting to the unique needs of each local community and continuing to do so as those needs change with ensuing generations.

One of the most exciting innovations we’re incorporating in our Shepherd Eco developments is flex construction. Aside from the obvious use in retail spaces, think of residential environments – we can now transform multi-family housing from predominantly one bedroom / one bath units, where income is the main driver, to custom configurations or three-bedroom / three-bath units, one of the largest unmet needs in today’s cities. And we can do it all with high-end finishes, better acoustical properties than drywall, and green construction processes.”

Alternative Building Materials

While construction activities consume over 3 billion tons of raw material every year, developers for all around the world are looking for greener alternatives to build with. Here are the most common sustainable materials you should know about:

  • Recycled plastic: Given the lifespan of 30 to 50 years, recycled plastic is one of the most durable building materials so far.
  • Bamboo: Known to be a quickly growing material and very easy to harvest, bamboo has recently become a popular sustainable material.
  • Grasscrete: Famous for acting as a natural bio-filter, Grasscrete can improve storm-water absorption.
  • Hempcrete: This sustainable material made only from water, lime and hemp wood can be surprisingly durable and long-lasting.

Green building practices are becoming increasingly popular since people are looking for simple and renewable ways to handle the uncertainty of climate changes.