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The growing demand for sustainable buildings has resulted in a wide range of changes that continue to make an throughout the construction industry. The latest trends is architecture, design and construction include more widespread use of recycled construction materials, sophisticated building designs that offer superior energy efficiency and increased demand for solar electric installations able to produce clean, renewable energy on-site. The need for more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly construction methods and building designs is only expected to increase in the days ahead.

Biomimicry

Biomimicry is a term used to describe buildings that incorporate features found throughout the natural world in order to optimize efficiency. From over exteriors that resemble seashells to interior layouts that imitate termite mounds in order to facilitate optimal heating and cooling, examples of biomimicry can be found throughout the construction industry. Construction methods, building layouts and materials whose design was inspired by a natural process are often able to provide a level of performance, efficiency or overall sustainability that their conventional counterparts are simply unable to compete with.

Utilizing Local Resources 

Finding ways to minimize or even eliminate the carbon produced in order to ship building materials and equipment over long distances is an important concern. Using materials that have been sourced locally or finding resources closer to home are simple yet effective ways to shrink the carbon footprint associated with new construction. Such efforts are often able to have an even greater impact through use of recycled or repurposed materials that have been sourced locally or that require minimal shipping in order to be transported to the site.

Sustainable Energy and Utilities 

The water, electricity and other utilities that buildings require each day can be considerable. Finding ways to curb consumption can lower utility and operational costs while also helping to minimize the impact that buildings may be having on the natural world. The installation of high-efficiency appliances, fixtures and similar equipment options that all help to create a more efficiency building can make quite a difference. Antiquated plumbing and electric systems or outdated HVAC equipment can become a major liability, one that new technologies and the latest sustainable construction options are helping to eliminate.

New Solutions and Future Trends 

From more sustainable industrial and commercial buildings to greener homes and residential properties, the growing need for sustainable construction has been the driving force behind countless new technologies. Many solutions for existing problems and new breakthroughs that will provide a level of overall efficiency that is currently out of reach are waiting just over the horizon. Sustainable construction and green building design are industry-wide trends that home and property owners can expect to hear a lot more about in the next few years.