The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a large toll on the infrastructure of almost every city out there. Since so many employees are working remotely, many are no longer commuting to work every day. This not only affects the buildings that house the white-collar office workers, but the whole economy of the city is affected by so many people working from home. Think about it: all of the coffee shops that instantly lost their regulars, popular after-work hot spots losing their clientele, and even the gas station is losing the commuters filling up to make it home safely. But, with more and more vaccinations being rolled out and the most vulnerable immune, people are slowly returning to their former lives. But what does this mean for cities? Cities are expected to make a comeback with so many people anticipating returning to their old work habits or perhaps trying new ones once they are able. It is speculated that cities will be more popular and crowded than ever once restrictions subside. But what does this mean for the environmental impact of cities? Buildings inside cities must be able to adapt, especially government facilities that oversee power or internal infrastructure, by using sustainable building energy. Here’s why sustainable building energy is the best option to invest in while waiting for the eventual post-pandemic urban boom.
Cities Will Surely Grow
Even though cities currently only take up about 3% of the Earth’s landmass, they are responsible for about 74% of all greenhouse gas emissions. This is a frightening statistic, and it will only continue to get worse once people begin to move back into cities post-pandemic. This is why getting started with sustainable building energy is so important. Since buildings currently consume about 30% of the world’s energy, it’s important that that spent energy is redirected to areas that need it the most. Many buildings, including modern ones that do not use sustainable building energy, power areas that do not need power or that are unoccupied, like storage rooms or restrooms when not in use. Although it seems small, when there are ten or more rooms like this in a building, it can cost much more energy than one would think.
Sustainable Building Energy Solutions
Using an automated maintenance program inside buildings can help prevent overuse of power in unneeded areas, as well as identify and optimize areas where energy is required to be used. Then, using a program like a connected room solution is very useful in shutting off or re-evaluating how much power needs to be sent to a certain area of the building and customized accordingly. In addition, governments can consider installing microgrids in high populated areas that consume a lot of energy to make sure that energy is redirected to where it needs to be.
Cities will undoubtedly make their return over the next few years. Let’s make sure that return is Smart through the widespread use of sustainable building energy.
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