A MOVE TOWARDS GREEN BUILDINGS: For both residential and commercial developers with more disposable income, the idea of Green Buildings is taking off, largely due to the demand for more energy efficient buildings and sustainable building practices. New trends cover the full building envelope including a focus on achieving structural efficiency through material selection, optimised orientation, and structural component utilisation. In this sector there is a strong predilection for net-zero energy buildings, where the production of renewable energy is sufficient to cover all required energy consumption.
SELECTING ‘BETTER’ MATERIALS: The push towards greener buildings has placed more focus on the materials selected, and the level of transparency provided by product manufacturers. This includes assessing the material’s life-cycle impacts from beginning to end, monitoring recycled content, and identifying the manufacturer’s commitment to sustainability. This new focus has seen an uptick in quality craftsmanship as manufacturers pair superior materials with tailored workmanship to achieve long-lasting and distinctive designs.
FOCUS ON IMPROVEMENT OVER NEW CONSTRUCTION: In the residential sector, construction spending is reflecting people’s desire to stay and improve rather than move and start again. The same trend is evident in many commercial buildings due to the continued reduction of usable prime space for new construction.
DURABILITY: Increasingly extreme weather conditions such as wildfires, hurricanes, hail and floods have forced improvements in structural durability and resilience towards these destructive natural events. A large part of the improvements made to building durability is focused on exterior roof and wall solutions which can offer superior water infiltration, wind uplift or fire resistance properties.