The rise of green building
Green building can be a way of saving energy around a home, building or development area - from the ground up. It can help saving against high electricity prices, while also being more environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Due to a growing green building trend putting efficiency and sustainability first, Navigant Research has reported that the demand for traditional building materials is increasing.
These are materials which reduce the environmental impact in the buildings sector, through their manufacture and throughout their practical use.
"Innovation in green materials is driving, in a sense, a regression, in which materials made from bio-based or quickly regenerating resources that are low in embodied energy and carbon, are re-emerging,” said Eric Bloom, senior research analyst at Navigant Research.
Mr Bloom cited timber structures and cladding, straw-bale construction, lime renders and mortars, cellulose insulation, bamboo flooring, natural mineral and fibre floor covers as examples of some of the materials that are used in green building and construction.
This is a huge environmental stride for the building industry, which has previously made great use of materials produced through burning fossil fuels and the use of petrochemicals.
According to Navigant Research, improvements in process efficiency are also helping to contribute to the rise in green construction materials and buildings. Technologies such as solar photovoltaic panels are yet another factor contributing to making green design and building a popular choice. It has been estimated that the worldwide market will grow from $116 billion this year to over $254 billion in 2020.
This global trend is alive and well in Australia, with the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) providing mechanisms for buildings to achieve green star certifications and ratings.
Many different kinds of buildings can apply for and achieve a Green Star rating, including apartments, schools, hospitals, universities, offices, industrial facilities and shopping malls.
A building or community area with a certification provides a recognition that it has been made sustainably and throughout its time in use will operate at a high level of energy efficiency. An increasing number of building developers in the nation are heading down this road, with one of the latest being the Currambine Community Centre in Western Australia.
Are you interested in your home, office and community buildings being made and operated through the use of green materials?
Posted by Charlie Moore