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Sustainable Home Building in 2019

Sustainable Home Building in 2019We’re all striving to make the world a better place. We know that limiting our carbon footprint can help with that. When we use fewer resources and less energy, we all win. Enough of the soapbox, welcome to the Taylor Fencing blog! If you’re brand-new, you probably don’t know much about the company. Don’t worry, we’re here to educate. The Taylor Fencing team and company has been around for a while. There’s a reason why we started the business – we strongly believe that we have the best fence and gate solutions in the business and we continue to enhance our business model and the offerings that we share with you. That’s also why we started the blog, the perfect place to geek out about the things that interest and excite us… with you!

Now back to the soapbox. It’s more important today than ever for companies to take a stance about the best practices, materials and processes to limit aforementioned footprint. There have always been ways to do this and the number increases every year. We’re looking specifically at 2019, but we’re not just looking at fences. We’re looking at the entire footprint of your home and landscaping. Read on for more information:

The first one comes from Living Building, a company whose main mission is to create structures from the foundation up with which every decision is made in the greenest way possible. They asked 30 green building leaders an updated version of a question: “What notable trends do you see emerging in commercial green building in 2019?”

There it is, the loaded question. The most popular answer theme was around climate change. It’s every role in the business – architect, builder, interior design, etc. But beyond that, there are a few key words that you should be familiar with and know the definitions of.

First up is equity. We’re not talking about dollars or investments here. You could more easily equate it to sweat equity, which you hear about in some workout classes. It’s the idea that when you invest, you feel more emotionally (and in some cases, financially) charged to put in more effort. One specific architect out of Boston, USA says that it’s a hot topic on all fronts – workplace, projects, programming and the design process.”

Next up in our buzzword bingo is “certification fatigue”. Feel tired just reading it? So, do those in the industry. In this context, it’s specific to the LEED platform and gaining their certification, but we know that there are dozens of other places where it’s prevalent. What does it mean? It refers to the massive amounts of paperwork, red tape and hoops to jump through, before a building could be certified green. Knowing that this term is being circulated more frequently gives experts hope that the conversation will be started and that the process could be faster and easier in the future.

The third is one close to our hearts, especially as our fences protect so much beautiful greenery. We’re all about the push that will connect the occupants of houses and buildings to nature outside. It’s called biophilic design and it’s worth looking up on the internet. Architects and builders are getting so creative about the ways that they bring to life environments that merge art and nature. Sometimes their ideas are so simple that you wish that you had thought of them yourself.

There’s a slight difference in this next term – biomimicry. Here we’re really looking more at the products and materials that go into the aforementioned. Great examples include insulation-based. Another is wastewater treatments that mimic (see what we did there) wetlands and similar environments. This is something that all industries are sitting up and taking note on, but specifically architecture and home building – for good reason.

According to Building Construction and Design, “Globally, green building will likely continue its worldwide growth, especially in most countries of Europe and North America, as well as in fast-growing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, South America, and the Middle East. Each year, more government agencies, universities, property developers, and corporate real estate managers incorporate green design ideas and measures into their buildings and facilities. There is nothing on the horizon that will stop this megatrend.”

There’s a key phrase there. There’s nothing on the horizon that will stop this megatrend. Not just a trend – a megatrend; something that is so important and impacts so many of us truly warrants this terminology.

One topic that we haven’t touched on is around energy efficiency. Let’s look at some facts:

  • If we’re thinking about years since 2012, energy-efficient building retrofits have only grown more, more and more.
  • It’s corporate, it’s commercial and it’s also MUSH. Weird acronym, right? It stands for “municipal, university, school and hospital”.
  • Specific to MUSH, as it will now be communicated, energy service companies encourage the owners of buildings to modernize physical plants and trade future energy savings.
  • There is a World’s Greenest Buildings: Promise vs. Performance in Sustainable Design study. Who knew? One of the key takeaways was that absolute building performance will be an increasing focus for green building. This means lower operating costs.
  • Thinking about the bottom line? Green building can result in 25% savings over time, depending on who you’re working with and how.

The biggest takeaway? (We know that was a lot of information) Working with companies like Taylor Fencing to ensure that you’re really getting the most bang for your buck and for the environment. It’s a common and misleading belief that it’s one or the other, when in fact – investing in both your home and the environment can pay off for all parties involved.

Questions? Comments? Let the team at Taylor Fencing know. We’d love to hear from you, answer any questions, learn about future topics that you’d like to see on the blog AND ultimately give you the fence or gate solution that you and your loved ones deserve.