How Climate Change is Affecting Commercial Construction

Climate change has begun to impact every aspect of our lives and commercial construction is no different.  Building owners are demanding greener techniques and materials and the onus is on builders to provide what they want.  This is a big change for the industry and there are new regulations in places to ensure that builders stay compliant.  Environmental impact studies are now the norm and you need to know your project’s impact on the environment and get approval before you can even break ground.

Climate Change and Energy Consumption

When it comes to environmentalism and the commercial construction industry the demand has always been for greener materials and how construction will impact the local area.  That is starting to shift with the threat of climate change.  Not only do we need to consider the materials used in construction but how they will stand up to the weather in the future.  How will the building stay energy efficient and cool as summers get hotter.  How will the building withstand storms and changes in weather patterns?  These are now real considerations that come into the design phase of construction.

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

The first thing that you need to think about before any project kicks off is reducing greenhouse gases and your carbon footprint. This doesn’t just apply during the construction phase although that is important too but after the building is complete if it can be carbon neutral that is ideal.  Here is a look at how that can be done in the construction industry.

You can start by using greener building materials in the construction project.  Recycled materials are far easier to find now and they can be cost effective.  Going green isn’t just a vanity project for celebrities anymore customers are demanding better solutions.

Alternative Energy

The energy consumption the building will use in the future is also a big concern as weather patterns change and more energy is required to heat and cool commercial buildings.  Incorporating alternative energy into construction is also a must.  Solar panels along with geothermic can be incorporated right from the beginning reducing the need for fossil fuels.

Climate change is getting worse and it is starting to impact all aspects of our life.  If we want to fight climate change then we need to make changes to how we do things including commercial construction.  Building techniques are changing to adapt to the modern world we live in.