Mandating green building

There is nothing on the horizon that will stop this megatrend.It’s worth noting that five of these 10 trends revolve around energy: energy efficiency, zero-net-energy, cloud-based (and data-driven) energy management, energy performance disclosure, and solar power.This trend is reflected in the large number of new offerings in building automation, facility management, wireless controls, and building services information management in the last few years, as well as the spread of energy dashboards, cheap sensors, a greater awareness of the business case for energy upgrades, and more government regulation and actions for cutting energy use. It will put pressure on owners to invest in energy-efficiency retrofits and renovations.Since the 2007 adoption of the Architecture 2030 standard—which encourages all existing buildings to cut energy use 50% compared with 2005 levels, and all new buildings to be net zero by 2030—and the introduction of the first “2030 District” in Seattle in 2010, group efforts to cut carbon emissions and encourage voluntary performance disclosure has emerged as a major trend in the U. In the European Union, some form of performance disclosure for both new and existing buildings has been mandatory since 2010.S., with an additional 53 low-energy buildings that were “net zero energy capable.” If a project wants to be newsworthy, it needs to incorporate something NEW.Developers of speculative commercial buildings (and, in some places, new home developments) have begun to showcase ZNE designs to differentiate their projects.LEED existing building certification accounted for fewer than 550 buildings in 2014, about 1% of the total U. nonresidential building stock of 5.5 million buildings. Both initiatives capitalize on concerns over climate change and incorporate values of openness and transparency embraced by many government agencies. S., this trend is highlighted by more than 30 large and medium-sized cities requiring—not just “encouraging”—commercial building owners to disclose actual green building performance to tenants, buyers, and, in some cases, the public.Building owners and third-party service companies increasingly manage larger buildings remotely, using software platforms that provide performance monitoring, data analytics, visualization, fault detection and diagnostics, portfolio energy management, and text messaging, all using the cloud. By mid-2015, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, D. This trend will spread rapidly as the easiest way to monitor reductions in carbon emissions from commercial and government-owned buildings.

In the MUSH market, cheap capital and the emergence of energy service companies (known as ESCOs) have encouraged building owners to trade future energy savings for upgraded or modernized physical plants.

With new construction certification basically flat, the existing building market is getting greater attention, particularly with energy-efficiency retrofits and a renewed focus on using the Energy Star system.

LEED certification is hardly as newsworthy as it once was.

Globally, green building will likely continue its worldwide growth, especially in most countries of Europe and North America, as well as in fast-growing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, South America, and the Middle East.

Each year, more government agencies, universities, property developers, and corporate real estate managers incorporate green design ideas and measures into their buildings and facilities.

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