Over the next 40 years, an estimated 2 trillion square feet of new and rebuilt building space will be constructed worldwide. That’s the equivalent of adding one New York City to the global building stock every 35 days for the next 35 years. On top of that, approximately two-thirds of the building area that exists today will still exist in 2050.
What tools are engineers using to minimize the energy and environmental impacts of this urban sprawl? One solution lies in designing buildings that produce as much energy as they consume.