Prioritizing Sustainability While Improving Building Resiliency

In an article for Smart Cities Dive, Guidehouse Insights redefines the commercial construction business model to achieve climate goals in a post-coronavirus world

Legacy business-as-usual practices for the construction and operation of commercial buildings have large carbon footprints. As the economy begins to reopen post COVID-19, there will be a unique opportunity redefine best practices for building, operating, and renovating buildings to tackle climate change. 

In an article for Smart Cities Dive, Casey Talon, research director at Guidehouse Insights, outlined how investment in building resiliency projects can help improve economics and achieve climate goals, but under the less politicized lens of sustainability. 

Talon said that changing the story around building sustainability can help gain bipartisan support for political and financial incentives needed for immediate action. 

“Building upgrades and sustainable new construction businesses can create jobs and help revitalize the economy in the post-pandemic recovery period,” Talon said. 

She explained that private sector leadership is key to charting a course for a more sustainable future and outlined three immediate steps market leaders can take to improve building resiliency post-pandemic:

  1. Take early opening phases as opportunities to upgrade existing buildings
  2. Leverage alternative financing to offset capital constraints
  3. Communicate your commitments and progress
Read the Smart Cities Dive Article
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