Developments: Five trends in environmentally-conscious construction

Developments: Five trends in environmentally-conscious construction

Historically, the design and development of buildings have changed to adapt to social needs. As environmental and climate concerns continue to grow, the building industry is entering a new era—with a focus on conserving resources and reducing the carbon, energy and environmental footprint of built structures. Here’s a sample of what’s happening with this latest trend

Solar commercial space heating
Converting the light of the sun into energy, many buildings in Atlantic Canada are cutting costs by using this renewable energy source that requires little maintenance and improves indoor air quality.

Server virtualization & decommissioning
By running multiple, independent operating systems on a single powerful host server, buildings in Atlantic Canada are decreasing electricity consumption and waste heat.

Greywater reuse
Using reclaimed water from sinks, showers, tubs and washing machines eliminates the use of potable water for toilet flushing. This fixture is an innovative approach to water conservation.

Energy analysis
Examining potential energy use and daylighting is critical through every stage of the design process for eco-friendly buildings. Engineers and architects use Building Information Modeling (BIM) and energy-analysis tools to model energy consumption.

HVAC occupancy sensors
To avoid unnecessary heating and air-conditioning, HVAC sensors adjust the temperature when no one is in the room. Hotels in Atlantic Canada using these sensors are cutting energy costs by up to 30 per cent.

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