How to build more sustainable buildings that are resistant to climate change

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The construction sector is experiencing unprecedented growth and it is projected that more than 230 billion square meters of new infrastructure will be built worldwide over the next four decades. However, this sector, which encompasses fundamental activities such as the construction and operation of buildings, has a significant impact on the environment, being responsible for the consumption of 36% of global energy and the generation of 39% of carbon dioxide emissions. (CO2). (IADB. 2019)

Given the foreseeable threats of climate change, it is imperative that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the construction sector are reduced, stopped and reversed. At the same time, it is essential that buildings are designed and constructed to improve their resilience to the impacts of climate change. This approach presents a considerable challenge for the construction industry.

The question we must ask ourselves is: How can we address this challenge and promote the creation of infrastructure that not only mitigates the effects of climate change, but also adapts to it?

This article gives us some keys on how to approach this transition process. Thanks to the authors for sharing these valuable insights!


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