The following is a guest post by construction industry blogger James White.
Will Sustainable Building Revitalize the Construction Industry?
The impact of last decade’s recession can be exemplified by taking a look at the housing market and the construction industry. With properties being abandoned at an alarming rate between the early 2000s and 2011, there was little need for the construction of new homes and businesses.
While the recession is finally fizzling out in the United States, the construction industry has yet to fully recover from its slump. However, sustainable building presents itself as a new niche market in the construction industry that may be able to save it altogether.
Need for Sustainable Building
Although the demand for construction in general is low, environmental concerns suggest that the buildings we already have and those we build in the future need to change. This change needs to focus on making buildings environmentally friendly. Traditional building materials and the energy consumption of the buildings themselves put our environment at risk.
An increased consciousness of our environment’s suffering along with a growing demand for green building stand for beacons of hope for the struggling construction industry.
What is Green Construction?
Green construction has developed as a process for building homes and businesses that use less energy and produce less waste. Green construction is growing in popularity. People are looking for new ways to create infrastructure without increasing deforestation, wasting natural resources and burning fossil fuels.
Not only are the buildings produced more energy efficient, but the building process itself saves energy and conserves natural resources as well. The use of recycled materials decreases the need for excess lumber and harmful plastics. New technologies optimize processes in order to conserve materials.
As an owner, yet another advantage of having a green home or building is saving money due to a reduction in long term energy consumption.
Future of the Industry
As the economy emerges from the recession, the need for new buildings and homes will rise. When this demand returns, people won’t go back to traditional building methods. Rather, they will elect to build more energy efficient and environmentally friendly structures. This train of thought doesn’t just apply to new buildings. Current property owners seek to go green with their existing buildings.
Aside from the environmentally conscious motivations of property owners, increasingly transparent disclosure regulations will also become a factor in promoting green building. More than 30 major U.S. cities currently enforce laws that require building owners to report the green performance of their buildings. The establishment of these regulations has created a need to upgrade facilities for energy efficiency. This is a trend that will only continue to grow.
With these opportunities in mind, more and more construction companies are making green initiatives a priority. This is a wise choice: green building and concern for the environment are policies that will serve as a calling card in a market demanding green solutions.
The emergence of green construction methods serves as an escape rope for the struggling construction industry. Future building plans will likely utilize a green focus and remodeling existing structures for energy efficiency will serve as another opportunity for development in this industry.
BIO: James White is an experienced home improvement blogger and construction worker. His writing has appeared in many publications, including True Look, Constructonomics, and now, BuildingBlok. James is involved in promoting the ideas of sustainable building and construction safety. And, when he’s not saving the planet through his blogging, James revels in exploring the latest developments in construction and manufacturing industries, its history, its advancements, and where we will be tomorrow.