Over many years, unbuilt land, or scheduled redevelopment sites, were prepared and leveled with a bulldozer, and the ecosystem of the site was rarely considered. However, this trend is changing.
Sustainable development is increasingly popular and necessary, as investors in the real estate sector are looking for these alternatives. The real estate industry is the one that should incentivize land development to be more sustainable, using techniques such as low impact development and environmental site design.
The question we all must ask ourselves is how we can mitigate the impact. The quantification of land development costs rarely includes the environmental cost of construction. This makes it cheap to transform healthy ecosystems into depleted housing lots quickly. But there are several ways to develop land without destroying the ecosystem of which they are part. They should only be encouraged to reduce the carbon footprint of the real estate sector, and respond proactively to environmental problems such as climate change.
Incorporating best practices
There are several techniques to carry out best land development practices. Low impact development. It is a process that consists of natural methods that protect the water, soil and vegetation of the ecosystem of the area to be built. Strategies to reduce impact may include conservation easements, land-compatible design, and riverine buffers.
Minimizing disturbances on land is vital for sustainable development. Traditional practices such as digging and cutting down trees that damage the ecosystem and create future problems due to soil alteration. By incorporating techniques such as forest mulching and manual felling, developers can mitigate their impact on the ground. These strategies can prevent future problems, such as flooding, by creating a stormwater management plan in advance.
For a more sustainable development and construction, impacts must be taken into account before, during and after it is carried out. Construction zones can make a big impact on the site's ecosystem, but organizations can reduce some of these impacts using strategies that repair the disturbed landscape. A good strategy is to build around the topography, paying particular attention to passive solar opportunities, naturalized areas, and stormwater management.
Innovation and Incentive
Due to different market and consumer demands, the real estate market is constantly changing. It is true that rapid growth was once more profitable, but today sustainability is the current champion for future development. Today, building a more sustainable world is a very positive value for the consumer, which is why builders and developers are adapting the way they build.
It may seem that investing in some sustainable features can be expensive, there are many ways for land developers to use technology and R&D&i without substantial investment, and it can lessen the environmental impact of construction.
Financial incentives are necessary to increase the consumer's trend towards sustainability. Developing a more sustainable mindset, and supporting it monetarily, is essential. In many places, there are grants and tax deductions available for various types of projects.
Greening Real Estate
In order to achieve a more sustainable development of the land, it is necessary to include new industry standards and professionals in the real estate sector to be more aware of future impacts, that is, they must take into account the effects of development in a specific terrain before construction. The current trend in the real estate industry is toward a low carbon market, with investors fueling the need for sustainable development.
Contributions and consumers' request for sustainability play an essential role in the use of these practices. Although it is true that there are still many within the real estate industry that continue to carry out practices that increase the prices of fossil fuels and energy consumption.
Although changes in the market may occur in the immediate future, it is also necessary to be aware of finite resources and climate change, with sustainable land development being the only option. It is our responsibility to build with the future in mind, being more than a trend, being a necessity. By using the right techniques, it is possible to make land development sustainable.