On his first day in office, President Biden signed the US onto the Paris Agreement.
The signature signifies our nation’s commitment to greenhouse gas emission reduction. Additionally, Biden’s Build Back Better plan will instill sustainability in the US infrastructure, developing a clean energy future.
COVID-19 caused devastating health effects globally. It also displayed the importance of human-induced environmental interference reduction. The societal lockdown helped the global ecosystem thrive, reducing pollution obstruction.
Sustainable ecological recovery displayed our national ability to conserve the climate and natural resources. We can re-establish our country’s economic, social and environmental behaviors, supporting sustainability.
Sustainable Building’s Role
Instilling national sustainability involves creating economically beneficial changes. Job security is a rising concern following the pandemic’s 7.7 million people employment loss. The growing sustainable building market can increase individuals’ accessibility to employment while meeting the Paris Agreement’s goal.
Biden plans on establishing millions of union jobs in the climate change prevention sector. Part of his proposal involves upgrading four million buildings, installing energy-efficient appliances and reducing their carbon footprint. Another portion of the plan establishes a significant cost reduction in clean energy technology, influencing the sustainable building industry.
Fueling New Projects
Over 23% of atmospheric pollution derives from construction development. Greenhouse gas emissions and debris contribute to the high count of climate change driving contaminants. Fortunately, environmental engineers and scientists developed technology for emission reduction.
Solar-powered generators release zero carbon emissions when in use. They also generate little to no noise, withstand various weather interferences, have long life spans and are environmentally sustainable. Green technology requires limited servicing and has lower maintenance costs than gas-powered devices.
The construction industry can use solar-powered generators, fueling their electric tools, trucks and other devices. Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from building limits the industry’s overall environmental impact.
Net Zero Buildings
Optimal sustainable infrastructure eliminates pollution, generating as many resources as it uses. Net-zero buildings combine energy-efficient technology, sustainable designs, renewable energy systems and low interference water sources. Building eco-conscious structures require various construction workers, environmental engineers and device manufacturers, increasing sustainable employment.
Sustainable buildings collect water from non-exploited sources. Many net-zero buildings use rainwater harvesting systems, gathering excess stormwater to meet a building’s demands. Rainwater harvesting systems collect rain in a barrel structure, purifying it for further use.
Elaborate devices can pump and store filtered stormwater for toilets, sinks, showers and drinking fountains. When one connects the filter and pump to a solar energy system, it produces a sustainable water source.
Other sustainable infrastructures source their water from wells. Water pumps for wells can reduce a building’s reliance on the city. Unlike municipal treatment centers, you can decide how to power your pump and filtration system.
When you fuel your well water devices with renewable energy, you can eliminate your water bill and shrink your carbon footprint. Durable systems can also last between 20 and 30 years, creating a more sustainable water option.
Combining renewable energy sources can additionally reduce a building’s carbon emissions while increasing employment. The Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation in Canada uses solar and geothermal energy, eliminating its reliance on the environmentally degrading grid.
It has a 1,980 solar-paneled roof, generating 730,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable power. The building owners also installed a geothermal system for temperature control, limiting the strain on the solar devices. The Center hired various clean energy companies and employees to create their net-zero building.
State Policy Building Effects
Cities around the nation evaluated Biden’s Build Back Better policies and established their own regulations. New York City developed a green building program, creating more energy-efficient buildings. Their 30-year plan will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% and source 100% of electricity from zero-emission sources.
Los Angeles also established a green building code, working to reduce carbon emissions. Their current developments must provide electric vehicle charging capabilities. The city also regulates building supplies, restricting ecologically harmful sealants, paints and adhesives.
America’s Green Future
US citizens can expect infrastructure alterations in coming years, increasing energy-efficient device installation and renewable energy sourcing. The transition towards clean energy will create various new jobs for Americans, reducing the unemployment rate. We can all contribute to environmental conservation and protection by accepting ecologically beneficial changes.
Jane is the editor-in-chief of Environment.co where she covers green technology, sustainable building and environmental news.