In the next three years, the number of eco-friendly homes which are being built in the UK are set to rise by 60%.
According to a new study, healthier buildings are top priority within the construction industry. The number of green schemes in the UK will increase to 40% by 2021.
Globally the UK is 13th of 20 countries for eco-building. Australia is named the greenest country, followed by China and Ireland.
The World Green Building Trends 2018 Smart Market Report
The World Green Building Trends 2018 Smart Market Report, released this week, surveyed 2,000 architects, engineers and builders from 20 countries across six continents.
Respondents were in agreement that green construction is on the rise with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint. High land costs and low demand are barriers to the cause as well as the perception that eco-building comes at a higher cost. Read the full report here.
“We are world-leaders in terms of progressive ‘green building’ expertise but much of that expertise is deployed overseas,” says Rory Olcayto, chief executive of Open City, the architecture education charity.
“In terms of strategic thinking however, we’re lagging far behind. We’re not investing enough in local energy solutions and we’re still designing housing estates around cars rather than pedestrians and clean-energy transport,” he added.
Despite this London boasts some of the world’s leading eco buildings.
Britain’s greenest building
This year’s RIBA Stirling Prize Winner was Bloomberg’s European HQ, designed by the architectural firm Foster and Partners. It is Britain’s greenest building.
All 4,000 Bloomberg staff are under one roof in an office which has cut its energy consumption by 35 per cent and C02 emissions.
Location is also important when it comes to ensuring a building’s eco-qualifications, says Rory Olcayto, chief executive of Open City, London’s architecture education organisation.
He said: “Placing a new office next to an Underground station, for example, will give it a head start in reducing the carbon its users generate because they will use public transport to get there”.
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