As a result of their commitment to providing future-ready designs with sustainability at their core over the past few years, developers, as well as buyers and investors, have made it a priority to do their part to ensure a better tomorrow.
In contrast to the concept of being future-ready, which refers to anticipating and planning for the future, future-ready construction refers to an evaluation process aimed at maximizing the life cycle and value of buildings in the face of unprecedented events or changes in the future.
Several precautions must be taken in advance to ensure that harmful effects are minimized and that harm does not result from the possibility of changes. It is possible for cities to not only survive but also to thrive for a longer period of time if they plan for the future with strategic and well-thought-out solutions,. As part of its overall goal, strategic urban planning for sustainable communities must address how communities will adapt to future changes by proposing a framework of future-ready building designs. This framework must be able to bridge the gap between a traditional short-term perspective and a need for resilient and flexible buildings over the long term.
Beginning with an examination and integration of the principles of both future-ready and sustainable design, a set of sustainable futureproofing (SFP) design principles is developed. The process is repeated until the desired result is achieved. Later, these consider the entire system lifecycle and take into account the impact of adding new future-ready elements to the system. A rating system that incorporates future-ready elements into the system while also ensuring overall system sustainability must be developed in order to incorporate future-ready elements into the system and ensure overall system sustainability.
BUILDINGS AND DESIGNS THAT ARE FUTURE-PROOF
People and property owners have become increasingly aware of the negative impact that real estate infrastructure has on the environment and their communities as time has gone on, and this awareness has increased. In accordance with reports, the real estate sector alone is responsible for 40% of global carbon emissions resulting from construction and operation of buildings. In light of this, there is a renewed emphasis on the development of decarbonizing and future-ready local infrastructure. It is possible to address environmental challenges while also providing a cost-effective solution to ensure social equity, community health, and well-being when the aforementioned measures are implemented correctly.
Building designs that are future-ready have prompted organizations to initiate programs and bring forward initiatives that will further the need for environmentally friendly structures in our built environments. The Advancing Net Zero campaign, which was launched by the World Green Building Council in 2016, has since had an impact on stakeholders from all industries. The use of low or zero-carbon heating solutions is becoming increasingly popular among contractors and homeowners.
It is however, more difficult to modify older buildings because they require updated energy systems in addition to changes in their internal layouts and facades, which are not always possible in newer construction. For this reason, reconsidering how we design and construct buildings necessitates greater attention, as the future performance of a structure is dependent on its previous layout. The cost-effectiveness of future-ready existing buildings will benefit developers, ultimately resulting in higher returns on investment—all while ensuring the expansion and modernization of infrastructure over the course of the building's life cycle.
As a further step toward achieving sustainability, the emphasis will need to be placed on developing designs that use less material and encourage the recycling of steel and concrete in order to reduce the amount of CO2 emitted by the structure. Change must be introduced not only at the performance level, but also at all levels of the design in order for it to be considered future-ready.
AIMING TO MAKE TOMORROW BETTER
With the increase in the number of extreme weather events, such as global warming, the need to reduce carbon footprint has become critical, resulting in a greater demand for environmentally friendly structures such as sustainable homes. Construction buildings are expected to consume three times as much energy as they do today by 2050, according to predictions. The growing demand for sustainability has prompted governments to pursue measures such as net-zero construction to combat climate change. In addition, with the growing possibility of an increase in the costs of fossil fuels used to power the functionality of buildings, green buildings are increasingly being viewed as a superior alternative to conventional construction.
Our firm believes that office spaces should be placed at the forefront of future-ready design in light of technological advancements, an increasingly mobile workforce, and uncertain economic growth, which are reshaping the business environment and changing the approach of occupiers to real estate decisions. The basics, such as providing natural light and high-quality air, should be part of any design, but it should also include biophilic features that connect building occupants with the surrounding natural environment, which will help to promote mental wellness among employees.
Even though improved technology, which will remain at the heart of future-ready buildings, will enable businesses to supplement their existing energy sources with newer technologies in order to achieve greater resilience, ensuring the right governance, defining the correct management roles and responsibilities, and establishing accountability policies will aid in the achievement of long-term objectives.