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Rise Of Green Tech In The Age Of Sustainability And Consumption

  • 07 December 2021
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  • Lendlease Podium
When you're thinking about what to eat every day, you have a choice to make about something that's going to make you healthy and be beneficial for your future or something that's just more pleasurable and easier to undertake. The real opportunity we have around sustainability is to have our cake and eat it too.
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RISE OF GREEN TECH IN THE AGE OF SUSTAINABILITY AND CONSUMPTION

Watch the full webinar on-demand: Autonomous Now: The Rise of Green Technology in the Built World

“Consider sustainability as a consumption issue,” urges Lendlease Head of Podium Services, Colin Dominish, who tackles some of the big topics of our time – including technology and sustainability (and the rise of green technology) - in the latest Autonomous Now: The Rise of Green Technology in the Built World webinar,

Taking inspiration from the recent COP26 Climate Change Conference, Dominish urges humanity to make healthier, more sustainable choices for the good of the planet – and for its very survival.

“When you're thinking about what to eat every day, you have a choice to make about something that's going to make you healthy and be beneficial for your future or something that's just more pleasurable and easier to undertake. The real opportunity we have around sustainability is to have our cake and eat it too.

“There should be ways that we can consume - such that we're getting what we want - but we're also mindful of what that leaves as a legacy for the future.”

Looking inward, Dominish said the building industry, in particular, needs to take notice – unearth new and innovative ways to do things differently – and be mindful of the impact on the planet.

“The big challenge at the moment is around 40% of the world's emissions are coming from buildings, so something has to change in our space. Lendlease is leading the world in the discussion. And more importantly, leading the action on what we need to do to address consumption.”

Like Lendlease, every business needs to lift their game, and drive sustainability efforts to the top of the agenda. “What can we do differently? How can we do the things required now so that we're in a better place in the future.”

Lendlease, for its part, has committed to net zero by 2025, and also committed to ‘absolute zero’ across the business and supply chain by 2040.

“We still need to consume and it's not taking away the cake - it's working out how we can consume, but in a way that's actually going to leave the world a better place with that consumption.”

Technology leads the way

Dominish said technology has a big role to play in safeguarding the planet and creating a more sustainable future.

“Technology goes back all the way to the invention of the wheel as an enabler for better transport outcomes – so technology has been that catalyst for change right throughout civilisation.

“As we've come out of the industrial revolution and into the information revolution – and into the digital revolution across the planet - the opportunity that technology brings is that enabler and that catalyst for change, and for disruption that leaves us in a better place than where we were before.”

The real opportunity involves developing a different approach to consumption - one that delivers sustainability benefits, and becomes “the legacy we’re giving the world for the future.”

The challenge? To get people onboard with the technological changes - and help them “understand that they can have their cake and eat it too.”

‘Green agenda’ on the Podium

The introduction of new technology types for sustainable outcomes is driving the change - and Podium is at the forefront delivering data-driven solutions for cleaner and smarter projects.

“Podium is disassembling the development, construction, and operations lifecycle of a building and recomposing that in a way that brings sustainable benefit throughout that lifecycle by understanding the consumption process.”

Key considerations include: determining what goes on a block of land; its condition; the solar wind; the thermal; and how to best serve the natural area.

Other factors include: energy efficiency; the solar effects on energy usage; and proximity to transport (for accessing materials through the construction process and beyond with ongoing operations of the building).

“Podium is all about choice in rapid fashion, and understanding what's available. What's available in setting up the site for construction? What's going to give you the best product in the most sustainable way, and in the fastest fashion? On the operational front, what choices are available to ensure the building is most effective and efficient from a sustainability perspective?

“That’s where Podium brings all sorts of benefits, and can address that 40% of emissions coming from buildings – and turn that right around.”

But let’s not forget about the hot technology to watch - and one that’s driving Podium’s green agenda. “A digital twin is so important in this discussion. A digital twin is simply a replica of the physical world. It's a visualisation.

“With the Podium Twin, we're helping to visualise what sustainability is going to look like in the planning phase of the building, and how it’s going to morph through the construction phase, and throughout the entire operational lifecycle.

“We can see digitally what's happening in the building throughout the day, and what that might mean for a better future for the building over time,” he said.

But the real magic is starting to happen in the circular economy. “This is where you start using the twin to decompose a building at the end of the asset lifecycle and work out what components of that building might go into other buildings or other precincts and be recycled or reused,” he said.

These and other moves are driving innovation and change across the industry. “It's a really fascinating time to be alive because we've got so much challenge and yet so much opportunity facing us at the moment.”

Sustainability in action

Certainly, there are countless sustainable and green technology examples already in play and pushing that next level of innovation, Dominish said.

Tower 3 at Barangaroo in Sydney is a case in point and considered one of the most sustainable buildings on the planet.

“We have a solar farm on the roof that's providing renewable energy for the building. We have a recycled water plant that generates more non-potable water than the building can actually use, and we're drawing seawater out of the harbour to heat and cool the building,” Dominish said, revealing some of the tech in action.

“The amount of technology in the building is extraordinary. The way in which we're constantly looking at new ideas to implement and to reshape scenarios by way of sustainable outcomes is amazing.”

Watch the full webinar on-demand: Autonomous Now: The Rise of Green Technology in the Built World

Source: United Nations Goal 12 - Responsible consumption and production