In the future, there will be more buildings than houses, and we’ll be building them at an ever-increasing rate, according to new research.
The world is rapidly building more and more structures to help with climate change, and while we have a lot of green spaces in the U.S., our construction is becoming increasingly dependent on carbon-intensive materials, according a report from the nonprofit Carbon Tracker Initiative.
But as the country continues to ramp up carbon emissions, we’re also going to need more and bigger buildings to accommodate them.
“The trend toward building bigger is accelerating,” said Chris Landman, the co-founder and CEO of the Carbon Tracker Institute.
“Building bigger is going to require more greenhouse gas abatement.”
Here’s how to get the greenest building possible.1.
Build a green house to take up spaceWhen it comes to building, the ideal building size is about the same size as a house.
But as buildings grow, they’ll need to accommodate a lot more space to accommodate the additional space they’ll take up.
Landman estimates that in 2030, there are enough buildings in the United States to accommodate all the greenhouse gases that humans are producing, but that only about a quarter of them will be built in the form of greenhouses.2.
Use renewable energyThe largest portion of all greenhouse gas emitted in the construction industry comes from the use of energy that is used to generate electricity.
According to the US Energy Information Administration, the U of A estimates that one-third of all energy used in the industry is renewable, and a majority of that is natural gas.
That includes a lot that’s being generated from fossil fuels.
The report recommends that people “avoid buildings that use fossil fuels,” and instead make their buildings more energy efficient by installing green roofs, energy-efficient lighting, and other energy-saving features.3.
Use natural gasThe use of natural gas has increased dramatically in recent years, as natural gas-fired power plants have been able to take advantage of the fact that the natural gas price has dropped.
But, according the Carbon Monitor Institute, there’s still a lot left to be gained by increasing the amount of energy produced from natural gas to keep the world carbon-neutral.
This includes more efficient use of renewable energy, and the use the carbon dioxide from natural emissions.4.
Don’t build in the middle of the nightInstead of building in the daytime, use solar panels to generate energy when the sun is shining.
The Energy Information Agency estimates that by 2020, the use in the solar industry will reach 10 percent of all electricity generation, compared to 4 percent in the electrical power sector.5.
Avoid construction that’s too close to power lines and other infrastructureWhen it’s too far away from power lines, people may decide to build on private land, and these developments can contribute to carbon emissions as well.
The Carbon Tracker report recommends the construction of a “carbon neutral building,” where buildings are located so they are off of public infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, and rail lines.
The company recommends that “builders reduce their carbon footprint by creating a ‘zero carbon zone,'” meaning that they do not construct a structure that could potentially contribute to greenhouse gas pollution.6.
Use energy efficient lightingWhen the sun shines, the carbon produced by the building itself will absorb the heat.
But with buildings increasingly being built in urban areas, energy efficiency can help mitigate that effect.
According the Carbon Monitors, buildings in urban centers are projected to generate about half of the world’s energy from green energy by 2030.
That number could increase to 60 percent by 2050, according their report.7.
Build with sustainability in mindWhile the use to build with sustainability has increased, it’s not a new trend, according Landman.
In fact, a lot has changed in the last decade.
“There is a shift away from the green building,” he said.
“Instead of using natural gas, we now use energy efficient LED lighting.”8.
Consider energy efficiency when planning the building design and construction of your homeThe energy efficiency of a building has a lot to do with the efficiency of the materials used in building, but it also has to do directly with the building’s location.
A home built on land that’s close to an electricity substation can have a greater effect on the amount that it absorbs heat, because it can capture the energy from the building and heat it.
That heat is stored in the building until the building is torn down or demolished.
The Solar Energy Industries Association, a nonprofit industry group that advocates for solar, says that energy efficiency measures such as solar shading, solar heating, and solar power panels can help offset the energy lost from energy consumption.9.
Don and Jane from the Carbon Center have helped you choose a building styleThe Green Building Institute, the non-profit that developed the report, says the best way to get a building built