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Sustainable buildings market study 2019

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In Europe, 90% of our daily lives are spent indoors. We live, learn and work in buildings, and the environments within and around our buildings have a strong influence on our productivity, health and overall well-being.


Today, buildings are responsible for more than 40 percent of global energy usage, and as much as one third of greenhouse gas emissions. With an increasing number of governments legislating for a net-zero carbon future to limit global temperature rise, we must find a way to design, construct and operate buildings that improve their environmental sustainability, but also the internal environment for users.


In addition, the construction sector has huge untapped potential for improving sustainability and efficiency across the entire value chain thanks to digitalisation, innovative technologies and new construction techniques. Consider for example, the emergence of Building Information Modelling (BIM), smart building technologies and new building materials – which have now reached maturity. Leveraging such innovations, companies can boost productivity, streamline project management and procedures, and improve environmental sustainability throughout the entire process.


This bi-annual “Sustainable building market study” made by Ramboll explores drivers and trends related to sustainable development in the construction sector. The survey canvasses the views of nearly 400 Nordic and UK based stakeholders – architects, developers, contractors, real estate investors and contractors – and gives insight to how the construction sector perceives sustainable buildings, benefits and what is driving the demand of sustainable buildings.