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Using Tech To Construct Climate Resilient Buildings

By Saurabh Rai January 22, 2024

Green building technologies not only lessen environmental impact but also enhance the sustainability and efficiency of buildings

Using Tech To Construct Climate Resilient Buildings
Green building technologies, including solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems, and energy-efficient lighting, not only lessen environmental impact but also enhance the sustainability and efficiency of buildings. Shutterstock
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As climate change escalates, bringing extreme weather and rising sea levels, our infrastructure faces unprecedented threats. The key to protecting our buildings and ensuring their longevity lies in leveraging technology to enhance their resilience and adaptability to these environmental shifts. In this context, climate resilience in construction is becoming increasingly vital.

It's about enabling buildings and infrastructure to anticipate, withstand, and rebound from climate-induced adversities, ranging from immediate shocks like storms and floods to gradual shifts such as escalating temperatures and water scarcity.

Advancements in technology offer numerous solutions. Smart materials, for instance, such as self-healing concrete and adaptive roofing, are capable of altering their properties in response to environmental conditions, thereby boosting the performance and lifespan of structures.

Green building technologies, including solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems, and energy-efficient lighting, not only lessen environmental impact but also enhance the sustainability and efficiency of buildings.

The role of geospatial technology, like GIS and remote sensing, is critical in site selection and risk assessment, ensuring compatibility with the environment.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is another frontier, offering a digital representation of a building's physical and functional characteristics, crucial for optimising designs for climate resilience and energy efficiency.

Additionally, predictive analytics and AI play a transformative role by forecasting weather patterns and evaluating potential climate impacts, aiding in the development of resilient structures.

The maintenance and monitoring of these structures are equally important, and here, technology like IoT and sensors come into play. They collect and transmit vital data on the condition, energy use, and environmental impact of structures, aiding in timely maintenance and necessary adjustments. Drones and robotics offer a safer and faster way to inspect and repair challenging areas like roofs, bridges, and tunnels.

However, the adoption of these technologies is not without challenges. Issues such as high costs, complexity, and the need for skilled workers are significant barriers. Despite these challenges, the future of construction is inexorably tied to these technological solutions.

They are essential for creating infrastructure capable of withstanding and adapting to climate change. These technologies don't just guarantee the safety and durability of structures; they are pivotal in achieving broader goals of environmental protection and resilience.

Thus, accelerating the integration of technology in construction practices is imperative, aiming to build a future where our infrastructure remains robust and adaptable in the face of climate change.

(Saurabh Rai, CEO, Arahas Technologies)

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