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Building a sustainable future

By Nick Dimmock, CEO and Founder at 350 PPM

As the developed world moves towards net zero targets, innovation in low-carbon and alternative building materials continues to accelerate. There are many exciting new products poised for exponential growth as demand continues to strengthen.

From decarbonising concrete, to using waste streams to create new materials and harnessing bio-based materials for construction, a lot is happening when it comes to sustainable, low-carbon building materials.

As a result, there are big opportunities for investors looking to profit from the inherent benefits of investing in green infrastructure for long-term prosperity.

In order to meet the global climate change objectives, trillions of dollars of investment are required to stimulate the continued exponential growth of the green economy, which incidentally, is set to become the single largest industrial sector by 2050.

Eco-friendly construction continues to climb the agenda and sustainable building materials are becoming increasingly popular as more and more people focus on preserving the environment. As architects, construction firms, and house-builders look for ways to improve their practices, sustainable building materials provide an effective option for reducing their environmental impact.

From switching to versatile and completely renewable materials like bamboo and cork, to reclaimed wood and recycled plastic becoming more popular, there are also many ground-breaking innovations with the potential to make a massive, positive environmental impact on the building industry.

And continued investment in sustainable buildings is crucial.

Sustainable buildings minimise negative environmental impacts by reducing energy consumption, water usage, and waste generation. They often incorporate renewable energy sources, efficient insulation, and water-saving technologies, thereby mitigating carbon emissions and conserving our natural resources.

Buildings are significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, so by investing in sustainable buildings, we can directly help combat climate change by lowering carbon footprints and promoting low-carbon lifestyles. Sustainable buildings can also withstand extreme weather events better, contributing to climate resilience.

While initial investments in sustainable buildings may be higher, they yield long-term cost savings through reduced energy and water bills, lower maintenance costs, and potential tax incentives or rebates. Additionally, sustainable buildings often have higher property values and can attract tenants seeking eco-friendly spaces.

Furthermore, governments worldwide are implementing stricter regulations and building codes to address environmental concerns and combat climate change. So creating sustainable buildings from the outset will help to ensure compliance with these regulations, avoiding penalties and future retrofitting costs.

Consumers, tenants, and investors alike are increasingly prioritising sustainability. Directing funds toward sustainable buildings can therefore enhance market competitiveness, attract environmentally conscious tenants, and appeal to socially responsible investors, thereby bolstering financial returns.

From building boards made out of recycled paper waste and self-healing concrete to transparent solar panels and green roof systems, there is a vast array of new products either in development now or already hitting the market.

Our vision is to assist, by all capitalist means, in the reduction of CO₂ in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million (350 PPM) and to reduce CO₂e (carbon dioxide equivalents) to the same levels. So, with this always at the heart of our day-to-day activities, we have our eye on the ball when it comes to the emergence of the most exciting, early-stage innovations from the environmental sector. 

By incubating and accelerating the growth of the top-flight breakthrough businesses developing these new technologies, we’re playing an instrumental role in shaking up the focus of green investment opportunities.

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