Using recycled building materials or materials that contain recycled content is a straightforward step to sustainability for building designers and construction professionals.
Reducing the operational carbon output of buildings has long been an important topic of discussion, but drilling down even further, the architecture, engineering and construction industries are now turning an eye to embodied carbon. Embodied carbon of building materials refers the amount of carbon that is emitted to produce and transport building materials before they hit the jobsite.
Building designers, property managers and governments all have a vested interest in energy efficient buildings. Electricity use eats up much of a building’s operating budget, and operators are looking for savings along with the green halo of running an efficient building.
Enter biophilic design: The incorporating of natural elements such as plant life, lighting, natural air flow and views of nature into the built environment.
Net zero carbon. Passive House. These two terms have been of much discussion in the world of building design and are now becoming more enticing to the eco-conscious public. But what does it all mean, and are such goals Utopian or achievable?