The US builds 5 billion square feet of new construction each year, renovates an equivalent amount, and tears down 1.75 billion. In the next 30 years, we'll take down 52 billion, renovate 150 billion, add 150 billion. By 2035, 80% of our built environment will be new or renovated.
Our decisions have IMPACT
The buildings we are design are responsible for:
53% waste output
48% CO2 emissions
71% energy consumption
12% portable water use
Growth in the sustainable building material market appears to be bucking the general decline in the construction market, with sales of sustainable building materials projected to grow from $12 billion in 2008 to $60 billion in 2010.
According to a 2007 survey conducted by the National Homebuyers Association, home buyers indicated that they were willing to spend up to $8,964 more for an energy efficient house that will yield lower utility costs.
A 2007 survey conducted by Environmental Building News found that school construction is a growing market for sustainable construction materials. In 2007, the educational construction market totaled $57 billion in the United States, and an estimated 5-10% of this market will be green by 2010, for a total of $2.85 to $5.7 billion.
Capital investment in green construction is growing. Joining the insurance companies are many state and local government agencies and institutional investors such as universities. These organizations are an element of the socially responsible investment movement, which guides over $2 trillion or more in capital.
The 2030 Challenge
What's the Challenge?
By the year 2030, our buildings will be so efficient they will not emit any net carbon dioxide, the most basic “pollutant” from our heating, air conditioning and power.
To bend curve down, take the new building standards down a notch every 10 years; at 2010, the reduction target for new construction and major renovations would be 60% 2015: 70 2020: 80 2025: 90 2030: carbon neutral, requiring no fossil fuel energy to operate
With Hemcrete we have a huge opportunity to turn the entire American building sector around!