Building to house the population of tomorrow
More than half of the global population lives in cities and the number is growing rapidly. Sustainable urbanization is one of the greatest challenges we face as a global society. While most of the urban population growth will take place in Africa and Asia, it is also foreseen to continue growing in Europe, increasing from 74% today to about 84% in 2050 according to the UN. It is clear that we need to increase the available housing in urban conglomerations around the world.
At the same time, this housing has to be affordable and sustainable. That is why the Urban Agenda for the EU was launched in May 2016 with the Pact of Amsterdam. It stimulates cooperation between stakeholders to realise growth, liveability and innovation in the cities of Europe, while also addressing social challenges.
A holistic approach at the overall energy performance of a building
The AAC industry supports this initiative wholeheartedly as its products are among the building blocks for increased urbanization. A major challenge before us is to ensure that increased urbanization does not come to the detriment of our environment.
Many of our industry’s efforts revolve around a question how to build affordable highly efficient buildings, also called near Zero Energy Buildings. We need a holistic approach that looks at the overall energy performance of a building, to achieve highly energy efficient buildings. The use of on-site or district-level renewable energy is required to create cost-optimal solutions. Moving away from individual solutions towards the district level can further optimise these solutions and provide more flexibility to adapt to local conditions.