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Expert praises progress in green construction

9 September 2013 No Comment

Jeb Brugmann, the author of several titles on urban development, has praised the impact of recent sustainability practices in making many of the world’s biggest cities more efficient and eco-friendly.

The writer of ‘Urban Revolution’, a guide on the anatomy of the urbanising planet, says it won’t be long until these schemes cause cities to function like natural ecosystems – producing all of their own energy, water, food and even materials.

City of London

Cities creating and managing their own resource supplies

Talking to business-reporter.co.uk, Mr Brugmann said cities have now grown accustomed to creating and managing their own resource supplies, which sees them producing the resources they consume.

The expert believes this is partly down to the techniques used to create green buildings – methods which warmed many construction companies around to the idea of creating sustainable projects.

“Engineers and design professionals competed to create the world’s most optimised assets – passive buildings where the occupants are the main source of heat; buildings roofed and skinned with solar panels; properties supplied by their own rainwater collection systems and with no storm water run-off,” he stated.

Focus now on ‘ecodistricts’ concept

energy-efficient-housing2Mr Brugmann says the focus has now shifted to creating whole ecodistricts, defined by triplepundit.com as an area where resources like energy, water and solid waste can be economically optimised together. Mr Burgmann says that although this is a relatively new concept, it won’t take long until construction firms can generate profits and secure premium prices for their ecodistrict properties.

“When that happens, we’ll have discovered an unexpected purpose behind the global rush to cities,” he concluded.

Author: Richard Towey    Date Written: 09 September 2013

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