As any construction professional knows, green building is a hot topic in our industry. In fact, many would argue it’s not just a trend but a whole new standard of construction.
Our Miami contractor attorneys are here with some of the most notable green building trends of 2018. This is a four-part article, so you can find more of the latest innovative green building strategies, materials and technologies in Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.
Benefits of Green Building
The concept of being “green” can mean a variety of different things, from higher energy efficiency to healthier products that emit less VOCs. In the eyes of LEED certification, a building can even gain points for close proximity to a train station or other public transportation.
Building an environmentally friendly home or commercial property benefits the environment and all parties involved. The builder benefits because of the demand for green homes and buildings, the owner or inhabitants benefits from lower energy bills and/or healthier air, and future generations benefit from the environmental protection. Green is a new standard that shows no sign of slowing down. Consequently, newer, more durable, and more beautiful green building materials and trends are introduced constantly.
Here are some of the most promising green building materials and trends for 2018.
Most people don’t open their windows often. Perhaps there are a few days out of the year that boast the perfect combination of temperature and humidity, but these are rare.
The existing methods of circulating fresh air are flawed. Centralized fresh-air supplies utilize complex ductwork and clunky fans. Standard energy-recovery ventilators take up a great deal of potential building space.
Instead, some builders are opting for AirFlow Panels. These facade panels incorporate a slim, efficient energy-recovery ventilator (ERV) system and can supply 200 cubic feet per minute (CFM) straight to the perimeter of the building. According to the company, AirFlow panels can significantly reduce the size of the other equipment used in the building’s centralized system, such as cooling coils or ducts. This results in 30 to 40 percent energy savings.
Allura Fiber Cement Siding
Using Allura’s fiber cement siding, which is a National Green Building Standard Product, will contribute to your newest project’s LEED points. Allura uses only wood pulp from sustainable sources and recycles all the water used in its plants. This saves about 1.5 billion gallons per year. Fiber cement siding from Allura is also far less flammable than wood, which makes it resilient in addition to being green.
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