Green building has been on the rise around the world. According to the “World Green Building Trends 2016” report, almost half of the respondents (44%) from the U.S described that 30% of their projects are green, and 58% report that they will be involved in green building by 2018.
The report also shows that despite priorities and obstacles are different in every country, the investment towards green projects from the institutional, commercial and existing building sectors continues to grow.
Today’s cities are all threaten by overpopulation, accelerated urbanization and the exploitation of finite natural resources; therefore, to respond effectively to these challenges without suffering significant economic or social consequences, urban resilience must start from within.
People already spend more than 90% of their time in artificial environments (aka buildings). Harnessing the built environment to positively affect their mental, physical and social well-being not only increases their creativity and innovative capacity, but also their productivity.
During the evolution of building standards, human health and wellness have played a relatively small role. The WELL Building Standard is the first standard that focuses on the buildings’ occupants, and evaluates the building in seven categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.
To achieve the certification, the space must undergo an on-site assessment and performance testing by a third party. The system includes 100 performance metrics, design strategies, and policies that can be implemented by the owners, designers, engineers, contractors, users and operators of the building.
In a world demanding for healthier and sustainable buildings and practices, Falcon’s Waterfree Hybrid urinals utilizing the Velocity cartridge are key green building solutions that make a small yet impactful change in your water conservation efforts.