Sustainable construction plays a major role in the development of the green economy, as it includes everything from planning to construction, including the use of resources and materials, product development and related innovations, and services and jobs. With the aim of reducing energy and resource consumption, reducing the negative impact on the environment and improving overall economy, sustainable construction represents an important potential for raising the quality of life and human health, reducing living costs and raising the value of buildings. As such, it represents a great potential for the development and marketing of Slovenian knowledge and value-added products and new green technologies. It represents support for the development and use of renewable resources. It is also closely linked to the development of concepts of material circulation and turning waste into a source for further use. The rehabilitation of buildings has a pronounced multiple effect, because it involves labor-intensive investments and an important domestic component. Investments in the energy efficiency of buildings, taking into account all technical requirements (eg thermal comfort, air quality, humidity …) represent one of the impulses to revive construction.
The adoption of the concept of sustainable construction of buildings represents the foundation of the construction of the future and the carrier of the development of the green economy. In addition, it has stimulating effects on the state of the whole economy and at the same time has a strong positive impact on the quality of life of the population. Buildings play an important role in our lives, as we spend 80 to 90% of our time in them and they provide us with living, working and spending our free time. The construction and use of buildings consumes 42% of energy, produces 36% of greenhouse gas emissions, consumes more than 50% of the material obtained and 30% of water, and generates more than 35% of total waste. It is known that the construction sector has great potential for successful economic and social development of the country, which in developed countries represents 6 to 8% of GDP and is basically mostly tied to the domestic market.
- Preparation of an assessment of the situation in the field of sustainable construction of buildings
- Determination of sustainable construction criteria
- Increasing incentives to renovate buildings