The houses in which we live and the commercial buildings in which we work significantly impact on our environment. It concerns the space they occupy, the materials used for construction and maintenance and the energy required for heating, cooling and cooking, among other things.
It is estimated that buildings use about 40% of global energy, 25% of global water, 40% of global resources. They also emit approximately 33% of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. Yet, buildings also offer great potential for achieving significant GHG emission reductions in developed and developing countries. Furthermore, energy consumption in buildings can be reduced by 30 to 80% using proven and commercially available technologies. Many buildings are poorly insulated and rely on fossil fuels for their energy needs. Construction materials – such as concrete – have a large CO2 footprint and opportunities for water and building material recycling are often not utilized.
The sustainable solutions we look for are initiatives that reduce building’s energy and material footprint, make use of renewable energy and construction materials, innovative ways to integrate housing in various ecosystems, as well as initiatives and policies that stimulate sustainable building practices.
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Picture: During the renovations, we insulated the front cabin (as well as the rest of the interior of Lucipara2) with stone wool to significantly improve the heating energy efficiency