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Green Building Trends of 2018 Part 4

The demand for green building is projected to grow even more rapidly between 2018 and 2022. As the momentum continues to build, an ever-increasing amount of technologies, materials, and ideas are emerging.

This four-part article explores some of the most promising trends in green building, from new studies to the latest technologies. Today our Birmingham contractor attorneys, are here to discuss resilience planning, stone floor tiling, and SunPower carport solutions. You can also go back to Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3 if you missed any of the previous sections.

Resilience Planning

Last year, three massive hurricanes and an unprecedented amount of forest fires wreaked havoc on Americans’ lives.

As 2018 unfolds, resilience is becoming a common goal in the US and across the globe. A huge Rockefeller Foundation program grant is helping 100 cities across the world take a proactive approach to resilience, including protecting themselves from the long-term risks associated with:

  • Aging populations
  • Fires
  • Flooding
  • Healthcare shortages

Resilience and green building are not synonymous with one another; however, the areas of overlap and the impressive size of this program make it worth mentioning.

Stone Tile Flooring

While it may not be a new concept, stone tile flooring material has experienced a resurgence in popularity. Since no two pieces of stone are precisely alike, each stone floor is unique and beautiful.

Stone is a natural product and can be utilized without needing any additional materials or resources. It is available regionally and locally; in fact, there are stone quarries within 500 miles of almost any US or Canadian building site. Natural stone does not contain any harmful chemicals or toxins, making it the perfect interior material.

SunPower Carport Solutions

Most construction professionals are long aware of the role photovoltaics (PV) will play in our energy infrastructure and future. However, there are a variety of specifics that still need to be figured out.

It can be complicated to position photovoltaics on commercial roofs due to incline, obstructions, accessibility issues, and roof aging. On land, the issue is having enough real estate for ground-mounted installations. This is why SunPower Carport Solutions makes use of parking lots and garages. They are available in the following applications:

  • Single-tilt
  • Dual-tilt
  • Long-span
  • Garage-top

They also incorporate stormwater management, LED lighting, energy storage, and electric vehicle charging.

Are You Going Green in 2018?

There are countless ways to “go green” this year. The increasing number of energy-efficient technologies, growing demand for healthier building materials, and burgeoning amount of sustainable solutions are just some of the many indicators that our industry is growing greener.

If you would like to speak with a Birmingham contractor attorney, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.