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Structurae Newsletter: Sustainability in Construction

Sustainability in Construction

The EU aims to be climate-neutral by 2050 – this is the declared goal of the European Commission who put together a decidedly ambitious plan to make Europe more sustainable and greener, the so-called European Green Deal. This is in line with the EU’s commitment to global climate action under the Paris Agreement.

Buildings & construction are a major driver of energy demand and global CO2 emissions. According to the European Commission, they jointly account for nearly 40% of global CO2 emissions and also 40% of final energy consumption.

Global share of buildings and construction final energy and emissions, 2018 

Therefore, decarbonizing the buildings and construction sector is critical to achieving the Paris Agreement commitment and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The construction sector has the ability to limit the impact of the structures that are being built and help reduce CO2 emissions. 

There are great examples of amazing sustainable buildings worldwide already - let us take a look at some of them. 

Roland Bechmann (photo: © René Müller, Stuttgart)
7 Questions for Roland Bechmann, Board Member of Werner Sobek AG.

What is the importance of sustainable building for Werner Sobek AG? Can we achieve the climate goals with the current incentives of the German federal government? What are the options for sustainable construction (materials, methods)?...

Read the full interview on Structurae

One Angel Square, Manchchester

One Angel Square is one of the most sustainable large buildings in Europe and is built to a BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating. It is powered by a biodiesel cogeneration plant using rapeseed oil to provide electricity and heat. The structure makes use of natural resources, maximising passive solar gain for heat and using natural ventilation through ist double-skin façade, adiabatic cooling, rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling and waste heat recycling. more >>

Shanghai Tower

The Shanghai Tower is a 632-meter (2,073 ft) skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai. The design of the tower's glass façade, which completes a 120° twist as it rises, is intended to reduce wind loads on the building by 24%.The double-layered insulating glass façade was designed to reduce the need for indoor air conditioning and is composed of an advanced reinforced glass with a high tolerance for temperature variations. In addition, the building's heating and cooling systems use geothermal energy sources. Rain and wastewater are recycled to flush toilets and irrigate the tower’s green spaces. more >>

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BedZED, London

Beddington Zero Energy Development (BedZED) is an environmentally friendly housing development in Hackbridge, London, England. The project is designed to use only energy from renewable sources generated on-site. There are 777 square meters (8,360 sq ft) of solar panels.Most rain water falling on the site is collected and reused. Appliances are chosen to be water-efficient and use recycled water when possible. more >>

Explore more sustainable buildings on Structurae
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Award-winning roof of the Miami Marlins Ballpark

The larger Miami Marlin's Ballpark is 86,215 m², has 37,442 seats and was opened on Opening Day of the 2012 Major League Baseball Season. The structure's innovative retractable roof was awarded a Silver Certificate in 2012 for its environmentally and resource-friendly, sustainable design by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). more >>

Certifications and Classifications

Sustainable architecture is often certified based on regional, national or international systems of certifying the energetic or environmental performance of a building. You can currently find the following certifications in Structurae. We are working hard to add even more regional and national certifications of different countries. Please send us an email should you miss any certifications. 
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