Disaster relief architecture has played an important role in rebuilding lost structures and also for constructing temporary buildings for immediate and longer-term housing needs.
There is ample buzz surrounding the term circular economy of late. Also referred to as circularity, the building design and construction industries are looking at reshaping operations to apply this new way of thinking, which appears on the surface a monumental task.
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.
With buildings accounting for 39 percent of CO2 emissions in the United States, the commercial building industry has much to do in terms of mitigating future risks and adapting to changes in the environment already taking place.
With raging wildfires becoming a summertime norm, along with increased tornadic activity and ferocity of storms, resilient building design has never been more important.