In 2017 62% of Australians renovated their homes, that is 8.4 million homes were renovated, from small updates or conversions to massive restructuring of homes. Since then there has been a retraction of this data however, one of the initiatives we are seeing implemented in Australia is the $25000 grant given to homeowners to either build or conduct substantial renovations due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
2021 will see a positive injection of energy in the construction and building industry, as the huge injection of funding for this industry will see the numbers start to rise up to the 2017 data again. One would expect that the difference here will be around the types of materials and the intent of how we build is the defining difference.
The UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDG's) highlight the many areas requiring focus and energy in order to curb climate related issues on the planet. Of the 17 goals which incorporate every social and environmental consideration, to build and develop sustainable infrastructure and cities, create positive construction of healthy and sustainable cities and communities will inevitably have great benefits for humans and the living environment. Sustainable building and construction are necessary to curb the effects of growing populations, increased urbanisation and the effects of climate change being felt all over the world.
There is a push to be more in line and in tune with nature and the focus on a sustainable building is gaining momentum.
It is believed that over the next 40 years populations will increase in some regions up to by as much as 207% this being experienced in some of the most developing countries in the world.
The construction industry has sustained people globally and enabled better living standards for millions across the globe. Whilst enjoying the spoils of construction like visiting Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia, to the Burj Kalifa in Dubai, construction and mass urbanisations projects, are unfortunately tainted with the significant impacts it has on the environment. Some of these impacts are extreme water use and energy use, carbon emissions and waste.
Concrete and concrete production generates 2.2 billion tonnes of CO2 which is the equivalent of 8% of global emissions. The advent of greener building materials into this 10 trillion dollar industry, will see such grant projects like The Renovation Grant from the Morrison government have their time to shine.
According to the CSIRO 195,000 homes were built in Australia last year with a positive and steady rise towards high performance homes being constructed. Homes are getting larger but becoming more efficient. Additional attention is being directed towards energy efficient materials, utilising natural materials in the build, building to fit within the natural environment and to be healthy inside and out.
As sustainable solutions grow, builders and architects and owner builders have access to sustainable manufacturing materials that are low carbon, low tech and highly efficient in providing healthy and sustainable options for construction. Imagine a world where we are building and renovating using the most sustainable and renewable materials that are not only sequester carbon after being built but also improve the well-being of those who build and live within their structures. Many products on the market are finding their voice and sustainability is no longer an option it is a necessity.
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