Eco-Business recently published an article reporting on how the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) plans for all new buildings to be net-zero on carbon by 2030, and all buildings old or new to be net-zero carbon by 2050. These buildings would be highly efficient in design and powered by renewable sources. Though only begun two years ago, the WorldGBC’s ambitious plan would greatly increase global sustainability and efficiency, especially since buildings account for 39% of energy-related carbon emissions and a considerable factor in climate change.
Unfortunately, the cost of constructing net-zero buildings is still prohibitive, especially in the fragmented building industry where different companies handle different parts of construction and a builder must deal with many separate costs.
Different options for net-zero carbon buildings include renewable sources such as biomass, solar power, and wind power. In addition, everyone involved in construction can play a part: policymakers can set and incentivize higher performance metrics while design teams work together more closely and companies invest in high-performing, energy-efficient design.