Can the architecture industry deliver a carbon-neutral building revolution? | News


There’s an ever-growing panoply of efficiency measures — better insulation, better heating and cooling, cleaner appliances — that could help the building sector decarbonize quickly. By 2030, nearly all new buildings could be net zero energy – meaning there are concessions from the grid for zero usage. This is a big problem, especially with a corollary shift to electrified means of transport.—Bloomberg

The list of new green technologies is long and includes innovations such as low-carbon concrete, cross-laminated timber and living wall systems that have all developed into scalable products over the past decade.

So far, big companies like Gensler, Lake | Flato and Kieran Timberlake have been among their many evangelizers, with high-profile projects like the White Arkitekter-designed Sara Cultural Center, Arup’s recently completed HAUT residential building, or WRNS Studio’s Sonoma Academy Janet Durgin Guild & Commons serving as new standard bearer in an industry seemingly reluctant to adopt its own rhetoric about the need for systematic change.

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The residential sector is another key focus area if the 2030 ambition mentioned above is really to become a reality. There’s plenty of reason for hope in this area too, with more and more governments funding modernization programs, as evidenced by the Biden administration’s recent $3 billion investment.

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