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Sustainable Building Technologies

In the centuries to come, history books will likely look back on September 2016 as a major milestone for the world’s climate. At a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide is usually at its minimum, the monthly value failed to drop below 400 parts per million ... September 2016 was also the warmest on record.

With global warming posing a serious threat, green building is becoming a critical part of today’s world. New construction is advancing to keep up with the increasing shift to sustainability. From maximizing the use of renewable resources to minimizing carbon footprint, the following construction technologies can be implemented whether in constructing a new sustainable building or greening existing infrastructure.

1. Sustainable Materials

Integrating biodegradable, recycled and sustainable materials makes a significant difference. Biodegradable materials such as natural paints, which are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) typically found in their traditional counterparts, eliminate indoor pollution and decompose naturally without contaminating the planet. Green construction materials are great alternatives to prevent exhausting already depleted natural resources. For instance, steel beams that are constructed from recycled metal eliminate the need to mine for more iron ore.

2. Cross Venting

In some cases by just altering a building’s design one can save on energy use while taking advantage of on-site light and air. In the Philippines, an evolving trend for buildings and condos in cities and business districts is Lumiventt.