The energy transition from above, our buildings on the loupe
The current path to rethink how our buildings should play and lead the energy transition is not new. And, probably, the confinement situation has boosted its role on the agenda and opened new challenges and opportunities such as working from home.
The environmental challenge is on the public debate making sustainable development solutions a priority issue. To put it on numbers, buildings rise above 30% of total energy consumption. And even more, during confinement has grown by 28%. We also have to take in mind that almost 90% of the buildings are built before 2006. For this reason, the commitment to develop nearly zero energy buildings is more important than ever, and we should have to ask what can we do.
One of the main assets to face energy improvement is rehabilitation. A solution capable of reducing energy demand by up to 80%. Doing so, we could achieve some benefits linked to energy bills and a healthier environment to work and live by improving the use of energy. For example, a properly isolated home or office has some positive impacts on health, linked to the reduction of stress or cardiovascular problems. Isolation is not the only one, other solutions could be the replacement of heating water systems for renewable ones, natural ventilation systems, and even digitalization.
Free emissions against climate change
A quality built park means more comfort, fewer emissions and is an ally against energy poverty. This reality generates activity and benefits not only in the construction sector but also impacts other areas such as capital goods, electrical, or air conditioning installations.
Sustainable investment in green buildings is the second main cornerstone. The planning, design, and construction of sustainable buildings, considering water, energy, indoor environment, and location in order to reduce waste, transport, and grey areas. For this reason, the importance of green certificates and accreditations is crucial nowadays. Boosting high-performance provides a more respectful treatment to climate change and also to the inhabitants or users of them.
In short, has been proved that green buildings can contribute to reducing 50% of emissions and water consumption. After all, buildings are a key element not only to reactive the economy and aligning it to the environmental commitment but also to offer better conditions and opportunities to tenants and companies through the best facilities.