The New York Times recently reported that developers are showing renewed interest in environmentally conscious buildings, particularly a trend called “deep green” architecture.
Where “going green” means causing less harm to the environment, “deep green” means actually benefitting the environment. Some “deep green” buildings generate their own power, while others address water pollution or human waste by processing contaminated materials. Universities and nonprofits have been working on similar efforts, but with recent events such as the Covid-19 pandemic spurring stakeholder interest in health issues, commercial real estate is getting on board as well. Future “deep green” buildings could focus more on new developments such as “passive” HVAC, which reduces the energy needed to heat and cool an entire building.
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