Developing a construction industry based on principles of sustainability and energy efficiency will require new levels of cooperation and knowledge sharing among architects, engineers, contractors, materials suppliers, and even governments, according to Saulo Rozendo, Global Strategic Marketer, Construction, Dow Corning. Rozendo made his comments at a workshop for building professionals at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 in which he discussed strategic decisions being made today by green building leaders and the future direction of the industry.
Rozendo outlined three key elements to help strengthen innovation within the sustainable building sector: employing whole life cycle assessment of building materials; leveraging building simulations to anticipate project complexities, timelines and construction costs; and utilizing performance certificates to encourage consumer shifts to green buildings.
To answer the growing demand for sustainable building practices and implementation, Dow Corning is bolstering its range of silicon-based construction solutions. It is working collaboratively with building professionals to foster understanding and awareness of the products and approaches essential to the green building industry.