It is increasingly well known that buildings and how they are managed have an incredible impact on climate and wellbeing. This week’s collection of articles provides some really interesting food for thought in these areas and more.

  • Buildings Are an Ideal But Overlooked Climate Solution – “The International Energy Agency recently found that by 2050, we can cut 87% of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings by pairing energy efficiency with clean electricity technologies that are already available. That puts us well within reach of what science tells us is necessary to stabilize the climate: reaching net-zero emissions by the middle of this century.”
  • The Timber Architecture Revolution Has Arrived in Norway. (Almost.) – “Successful postwar reforestation has produced many mature spruce and pine trees that are ready to be cut down and transformed into types of engineered wood. Those materials are not only less carbon-intensive than concrete and steel to produce, but they can also store excess carbon—although just how much has not yet been settled. Tycho says one cubic meter of spruce can store 0.8 tons of carbon, which is consistent with other estimates. “That means it’s possible to make buildings with a negative carbon footprint. We can store more carbon than they used in the production of the building,” he said.”
  • Dubai’s Latest Sustainability Move: Have 25% Of All New Buildings Be 3D Printed By 2025 – “all the cement used in the world contributes to approximately eight percent of all global carbon emissions. Moreover, cement contributes to flooding, water pollution, and soil erosion. While cement industries around the world have promised to decrease their net carbon emissions … Dubai looks to implement its idea of the 3D printed building make up one-quarter of all new buildings by the year 2025.”
  • Rental buildings make comeback as housing crunch pushes demand, returns – “Decades of under-investment made dedicated rental buildings an afterthought for many, but the industry has been quietly gathering momentum and attracting deep-pocketed investors.”
  • Buildings as grid resources? NASEO sees ‘far reaching’ implications – “By incorporating new energy management capabilities through the use of sensors, analytics and smart controls, buildings have the potential to become significant grid resources according to a Monday report by the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO).”
  • Hip Office Buildings by CPI – Well-being in Offices, In-house Services – “It’s not enough anymore that an office park has a good location only; we truly believe in human – and experience oriented, environmentally friendly buildings. The question was how to develop our vision?,” says Bea Déri, PR and marketing director.
  • Microsoft experimented with a 4-day workweek, and productivity jumped by 40% – “The trial was part of Microsoft’s “Work-Life Choice Challenge,” a summer project that examined work-life balance and aimed to help boost creativity and productivity by giving employees more flexible working hours.”
  • A year on, mega Istanbul Airport serves over 40M passengers – Turhan highlighted that the airport was built as an environmentally friendly, accessible and green airport that generates its own energy and continued, “Istanbul Airport will contribute not only to the development of the aviation sector but also to the development of the Turkish economy both through the investments it activates, as well as the additional employment opportunities it creates.”
  • A Multipronged Approach to Building a “Smart” Facility Management Workforce – “New technologies in facility management and maintenance are changing the way the workforce will be trained.”

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