Green Building Materials Finding Greater Demand
The hottest new trend in architecture today is being ‘green’. Architects that were once idolized for their out-of-this-world designs are now being looked down upon because of the fact that their buildings don’t work without an unnecessarily large amount of energy. Buildings today tend to be simpler and overall greener.
This change in the people’s thinking is due to the fact that many have finally realized that we are running out of natural resources to keep this planet alive and sustain life on the planet. Going green is the answer that architects and designers have come up with. If you have any doubts about the rise of this trend, you should take a look at the study conducted by BBC Research, showing that the demand for green building materials is greater than ever before.
The Market for Green Building Materials
The report shows that the market for green materials in the US has a total value of about $43 billion. There is a huge amount of buildings certified by LEED in the US, where more than 4.3 million people are living and working. The construction of green buildings, and the production of the materials necessary for them, is being practiced by over 500 companies in the US. These numbers are very positive, and they are a testament to the fact that green building materials are finding greater demand every day.
Why did BBC conduct this study though? The reason for that was to show those manufacturers who want to get into the world of green materials’ production that the market for such materials is ripe. This reports acts as a market analysis of green building technologies, and provides a glimpse into their future as well.
What Makes a Material Green?
The BBC clearly defined, before starting their research, the materials which they would consider to be green. They included the materials that have been produced from agricultural waste, those which are created through processes that are not harmful to the environment, and those which can be recycled after their use. Materials that are created from resources that can be rapidly renewed were also added to this list.
Greater Demand for Sustainable Products
Softwood framing lumber is one of the materials that currently leads the market. Sales of such green materials are estimated to soar through at least till 2019. The reason for this growth is because the general demand for green building materials is much greater than it was ever before. Governments are also creating policies that aim to reduce carbon emissions and make buildings more sustainable, adding to the already increasing demand for the appropriate materials as a result.
The world is not doing so well, that is a truth we must accept. Possibly the harder thing to accept is the fact that it is us who have led it to this point. Without any concern for the earth itself, we have taken and taken more from it over the years. Now it is our turn to give back, or at least try to conserve what is left, and going green when it comes to building might just be the answer.