5 Major Green Building Trends to Watch in 2018

Paladino and Company, a sustainability and green building consulting firm, recently released a report on that would make 2018 a different year for green buildings, after surveying their entire team of architects, engineers and building scientist, these are 5 of the major trends that you can expect this 2018 and beyond:

Resiliency

After experiencing the costliest year on record across the United States in terms of costs from extreme weather and climate disasters, developers are framing resilience in terms of mitigation and insurance costs, architects and real estate owners are considering more extreme weather patterns, whereas cities might respond to these challenges by adding local code and requirements.

Wellness

Human health and wellness have played a relatively small role in the evolution of building standards. The adoption of the WELL standard has caught a lot of interest—the general consensus of opinion is that wellness is good for business, people’s experience of the physical work environment can influence stress in and out of work, as well as sleep quality at night, influencing the occupants’ mental, physical and social well-being, and therefore, their productivity.

2018 might be the year when movement finally takes off and credible studies will underline the value of wellness.

Certifications

LEED continues to be the most adopted third-party certification in the world. However, nowadays, developers and owners can choose from a vast repertoire of building certifications, ranging from sustainability to wellness and resilience with each organization offering a different set of capabilities based on their own strengths and weaknesses.

Innovation

2018 is set to be a period of great innovation from cities planning to implement new driverless cars to moves to install Hybrid urinals.  If 2017 was the year ‘smart technology’ launches, 2018 is going to be the year of ‘smart’ everything from modular and highly adaptable building designs to technological advancements that unlock projects and create solutions.

Sustainability

Consumers and employees are expecting more from companies, and companies and developers are expecting architects to produce buildings that not only represent brands but also are able to create sustainable and wellness-related experiences. Sustainability is, after all, a great lever to retain and engage top talent and creating a strong business while building a better world are ingredients for long-term success.

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