Climate change demands our action now
Did you know that the energy used in buildings accounts for 30% of final energy demand and 28% of CO2 emissions? If that’s news to you, then you’re not alone.
Since buildings have a long lifespan (it is estimated that more than 50% of buildings today will still be in use by 2050), it has become pivotal - now more than ever - to turn these establishments into energy efficient entities.
Recent findings of the effects of CO2 emissions have us looking for different ways to be environmentally-friendly with buildings, which is critical in terms of energy usage and improving air pollution and quality. The focus on the renovation of existing buildings means that products that have reduced environmental impact are now coming to the forefront of the conversation. Some of these products can help limit the global temperature to an increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius (a limitation that comes from the recently published Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report).
What does this mean? Well, first and foremost, it illustrates that infrastructure is not permanent. When we were young, we had an instilled assumption that what exists will continue to exist, and impermanence is not something we should concern ourselves with.