Re-inventing Construction: Proceedings of the Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction 2010

67 Buildings are a fundamental part of human life and culture as well as of society it- self. Yet in our technically highly advanced age, buildings have in many ways been neglected. Construction has not reached the level of highly integrated performance that is found in, for instance, the IT and automotive industries. A building is still designed as the sum of separate parts. Since buildings have a significant environ- mental impact there is an extraordinary potential and need for improvement. Nevertheless, there have been significant advances in building construction and operation, and some aspects are becoming increasingly integrated. But for a va- riety of reasons, these changes are proceeding much too slowly. Firstly: buildings have a long life span. Once something is implemented it stays for quite some time. Secondly: buildings represent a conglomeration of systems and materials from a wide variety of fields, ranging from the mechanical and material sciences, to design and architecture, to construction and contraction. Lastly: the ecological impact of buildings on the environment is frequently given less priority than esthetic beauty REDUCE CO 2 EOL, COP, PVT, TABS and LowEx How to Reduce CO 2 Emissions with New Construction Technologies Forrest Meggers and Hansjürg Leibundgut