Green construction is becoming increasingly important. The green building industry remained resilient in 2020 in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. As much as the pandemic has made several cities across the globe more sustainable, it has also led to several environmental hazards.
The global pandemic has led to an increase in material waste. For example, discarded protective equipment.
Below are the major green building trends in 2021 that you need to pay close attention to as you invest in sustainable building models.
Increased Use of Green Hydrogen
In the past, green hydrogen has been used less frequently because of its high cost. In 2021, there is a high likelihood of its adoption because of its environmental friendliness.
Green hydrogen is expected to be cheaper than fossil fuel hydrogen by 2030. Also, it is expected to be a solution for businesses and governments innovating the transportation of bulky goods and manufacturing processes.
The Rise in Global Hydropower
Hydropower forms 71 percent of the global renewable electricity, comprising nearly 25 percent of the global electricity.
In 2021, it is expected that there will be an increase in investment and success for hydropower.
Partnerships Between Government and Businesses
In 2021, there are expectations of partnerships between the government and business leaders in renewable projects.
Enforcement of sustainable energy and future renewable projects will depend on how committed the political leaders in different countries are. For example, the UK recently introduced the Green Homes Grant.
Governments in different countries are expected to start solar and wind projects, which are cheaper and more sustainable than fossil fuels.
The Emergence of Living Materials
The development of living materials is expected to be the most exciting green building trend in 2021. Self-mending concrete is an example of green material to be used in the construction industry. The material can grow in the pores of the concrete, thereby adding to its impermeability.