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REPORT: Green construction at the forefront of building trends

Green Construction and sustainability of construction will increasingly affect the planning and design of buildings within the next few years, says new BSRIA report

BSRIA’s Future Building Trends – Impacts – Solutions white paper , which gives an in-depth insight into where the HVAC industry is heading, has found green Construction and sustainability of construction will increasingly affect the planning and design of buildings within the next few years.

While green design will be easiest to implement for new construction, it is the retrofit and refurbishment of 4.6 million existing buildings that represents the biggest challenge, the most pressing need and the biggest market potential.

Regulation is the main factor driving green design in general and also LEED-compliant design.

The LEED programme is expected to expand from its current small percentage of total projects executed. The change will be particularly visible if the scheme is converted from best practice into a mandatory requirement.

Regulations will become more important in driving the uptake of new technologies.

There will be an ongoing higher efficiency drive through the development of standards affecting everything from variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems to variable speed drives (VSD). Incentives such as taxes from government or rebates from utilities will help to change customer behaviour.

Integrated building design will become a trend and will mean that the external façade of the building will be functional to the internal design – and ultimately to energy conservation and sustainability.

This will be a step in the direction of net-zero buildings, which will also form an integral part of the trend towards sustainability and green construction.

To read the full report CLICK HERE

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