It seems like every building constructs, real estate developer, architect, and client is jumping on the sustainable bandwagon. But do we know what it means to be sustainable? How can the process of land clearing be sustainable?
As more attention is paid to issues such as global warming, water pollution, and open space conservation, environmental impact throughout the process matters more than ever. Here’s how developers can increase their chances of success by making better decisions at each stage in the development process:
Incorporating Best Practices
The location of the project matters. Location affects how feasible it will be to use alternative forms of transportation such as cycling or walking and whether residents need a car to go to work. It also determines whether the area has an excellent public transportation infrastructure and how long it takes to get from one place to another.
Sustainable development also means being able to maintain those amenities over time. Zoning is a crucial factor that can affect this because planning at the outset ensures that you have environmentally friendly roads and enough room for greenery and other measures. The zoning will also determine whether a certain number of parking spaces is needed per building unit, making the project more likely to succeed if reliance on cars is reduced.
This goes back to location: if residents live close enough together or near work or shops, they don’t need a car and opt for alternative forms of transportation instead of reducing carbon emissions because everyone doesn’t drive.
Innovate and Incentivize
Developers need to establish a business model that will provide sustainable benefits. One of the essential aspects is developing in an area where they can build densely to reduce waste of resources like energy. If there is an area with open space or water, it’ll develop accordingly, providing amenities in the project for residents without having long commutes, thus reducing carbon emissions through carless living.
Green roofs are another way of increasing density while providing environmental benefits. Developers also need to be creative in materials used during construction, like creating insulation from the waste generated by the demolition process.
Third-party certification is another marketing tool that can help develop a green product. All it takes is third-party certification of the sustainable efforts, not just in the materials used but also in the amenities provided in the building. This way, if certain criteria are met, like having green roofs or having public transportation, nearby residents have no problem living there, even with environmental restrictions placed on their homes.
Real Estate Greening
Real estate is considered an essential part of sustainability because it’s about ensuring the product will work for the people who live in it, not whether they can make it work. This means applying green standards to every aspect of the development process, including how buildings are demolished and recycled, what materials are used during construction, and what criteria are in place to ensure the building will last over time.
To make green development even more effective, consider using a green certifying agency. These organizations provide judgment criteria that help determine a project’s level of sustainability, helping a business market itself as being eco-friendly. As long as necessary steps are taken toward becoming certified, this process can be just another strong marketing strategy.
As the landscape of developed land continues to change, so does the need for sustainable practices in all phases of development. If developers consider these factors early on, they have a better chance of ensuring their project is built sustainably and provides residents with an environment to live comfortably.