Decarbonizing the Built Environment


Snehaa Suryanarayanan
Snehaa Suryanarayanan

Operations Associate


Transforming Building Design
and Assessment with Adaptis

The global population is on a steady rise, with estimates projecting an increase from 8 billion to 9.7 billion people by 2050. Naturally, this surge in population comes with a corresponding increase in material consumption, predicted to triple current rates by 2050. Among all industries, it is the construction sector that stands out as the largest consumer of material resources and, in many countries, the leading producer of waste. Take, for instance, the United States, where a staggering 569 million tons of construction and demolition (C&D) waste found its way into landfills in 2017, despite having a high potential for reuse and recycling.

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Linear Model with Environmental Consequences

What exacerbates this issue is the fact that most materials used in construction are still extracted from finite deposits, resulting in significant greenhouse gas emissions from extraction to disposal. As stated in the book ‘Building Better – Less – Different: Circular Construction and Circular Economy,’ current linear economic model (take-make-waste) has drastic impacts on the planet and soon it will no longer be economically and ecologically feasible to extract raw materials from the Earth. If no proactive measures are taken, the carbon impact created by the construction industry is only set to grow.

The take-make-waste model has dire environmental consequences

Within the construction industry, there is a growing recognition that we must alter our ways. The integration of technology in this sector holds immense potential for addressing the challenges we face, breaking away from the linear economic model, and reducing carbon emissions. Among the pivotal stages of the construction process, the design and planning phase emerges as a key determinant of a building’s greenhouse gas emissions throughout its entire lifespan. During this phase, key decisions are made regarding the building’s layout, materials, systems, and energy efficiency measures, all of which can have a significant impact on its environmental footprint.

This is precisely where Adaptis comes in. Our platform serves as a valuable solution, generating various design options that equip you with the necessary tools to effectively plan and decarbonize buildings. By leveraging a combination of technologies, we streamline the design and planning process, empowering stakeholders to strike a balance between environmental impact and financial considerations. If you are interested in our solution, let’s talk!