A greener approach to the building materials the industry uses and how it sources them will be an important step towards nZEB status. The industry will benefit from adapting to materials with practical and ecological benefits. Virgin concrete is a commonly-used material that requires a lot of energy and natural resources. Cross-laminated timber is a more environmentally friendly alternative that could become the go-to replacement for virgin concrete.
Better energy performance can be achieved in buildings that use heat pumps and mechanical ventilation heat recovery (MVHR) systems. These solutions can also help to reduce household bills, making them favourable to the building industry and home owners.
Renewable will continue to grow in popularity and innovations like battery storage will smooth out the fluctuations in energy supply from natural resources such was water, solar and wind. Buildings will also become smarter with the addition of sensors and devices that enable intelligent monitoring and control heating, cooling, lights and water.
It’s vital that the development of the built environment has minimal impact on the natural environment and we’re proud to be playing a part in facilitating this change. The environment plays an integral role in how we conceive our products and that’s why they’re designed to improve energy efficiency in the built environment and help building owners and tenants reduce their environmental footprint while maintaining comfortable and liveable indoor spaces.