What is climate change and what can we do to prevent it? These are two of the most prevalent questions people are asking today.
Essentially climate change is changes in the average temperature of our planet which have always occurred. But today when we discuss climate change, we are referring to the global warming effect caused by human actions.
One of those causes is what’s known as the Greenhouse Effect, which is basically gases that trap heat inside the earths atmosphere thus warming up the planet. The most widely known greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide.
Fossil fuels, such as coal, natural gas and petroleum were previously dead vegetation, that over the course of millions of years have fossilised and contain high percentages of carbon. We burn these fossil fuels to heat our homes, move our vehicles and power our factories therefore releasing large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming.
If it takes millions of years for dead plants to become fossil fuels, then this kind of energy is non – renewable and not sustainable. Therefore, we must act now and focus on the importance of renewable energy.
40% of global carbon emissions is due to buildings and construction. The biggest factors are signified by construction materials and energy consumption. A lot of energy is required to heat up and cool down a building, particularly when it isn’t efficiently designed in terms of insulation and ventilation. Fossil fuels are the most common type of fuels used for this process.
Due to the proven relationship between fossil fuels and global warming the field of construction has been moving closer and closer towards either zero energy buildings or net positive buildings.
Zero energy buildings produce as much renewable energy as they consume due to the installation of products such as solar panels.
Net positive buildings produce more energy that they consume and can also generate enough energy throughout their whole life spans to make up for the energy that was used to construct them.
Tempohousing have been striving to help reduce the effects of global warming for many years now and continue to do so through various methods. Our latest project in Denmark, Urban Village 4000 meets the 2020 Danish Regulations and has a 75% reduction in energy consumption for new buildings compared to the 2006 levels.
We are also proud members of the IGBC. The Irish Green Building Council is one of 90 worldwide members of the World Green Building Council and is the largest international organisation influencing the green building marketplace. It was launched in 2011 and their objectives include;
- Providing a source of leadership for sustainability and quality in the built environment
- Promoting and assisting in the provision of credible metrics for measuring progress towards the end goal of sustainability
- Providing a source of resources to companies transitioning their activities towards more sustainable practices
- Being central to alignment of the policies of organisations seeking to achieve sustainability in the built environment
The IGBC offsets its transport related carbon emissions by annually sponsoring trees with the Native Woodland Trust and is actively involved in supporting large scale energy renovation projects such as ‘Piloting energy efficient mortgages in Ireland from June 2018 and developing a framework for a customer-friendly energy efficiency accreditation for building professionals.
Although it’s not possible to stop global warming, we can slow the process down. Every human being on the planet will be affected by global temperatures either directly or indirectly and if we don’t act now corrective measures will be very costly and for the most part ineffective.
As experts in our field of modular construction, we are well aware of this and are actively putting measures in place to help reduce the process of global warming.
Get in contact today to find out more.