Staff writer Urvashi Verma notes that smart buildings and green energy are of tremendous interest to the construction and real estate industries, especially because commercial and industrial buildings consume nearly 30% of the world’s annual energy output. Verma predicts that “sustainability, wellness, and resiliency” are three crucial areas that companies will be addressing in 2019 and beyond. He then continues with five predictions for how savvy companies will address sustainability, wellness, and resiliency in their latest construction projects.
First, he predicts, companies will continue to plan and build net-zero buildings that neutralize their own carbon emissions or other resource waste and intakes (water consumption, landfill waste, etc.). He also envisions smart buildings that are planned to resist climate change extremes, that use distributed energy sources (DES) that reduce waste and increase efficiency, that monitor indoor air quality, and that offer internal health and wellness services to tenants.
Of these five predictions, Verma notes that the third item – distributed energy sources or DES – has the most potential for immediate impact. DES can help reduce energy costs by monitoring and adjusting the unique energy usage of individual buildings.
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