Building and living still place greater strain on environment than necessary
New Federal Environment Agency (UBA) brochure points the way to a solution
Construction, operation and use of buildings and roads is still taking too high a toll on natural resources, and it promotes global warming. Not only is the continuing high demand for fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas for heating and warm water responsible for the poor environmental balance in the building and housing sector, the great demand for building materials such as rocks and soil, metals or wood also plays a role. UBA President Prof. Dr. Andreas Troge said, ”The way we build and live has a significant impact on the quality of our health and environment. Man is not only robbing nature of more than she can provide us with, we are also sprawling out and consuming too much land”. As a result, retreats for plants and animals are lost. ”We must return to city centres instead of forever building new structures on greenfield sites,” continued Troge. The strain on the environment would be relieved considerably if more remediation of old buildings in city centres occurred instead of erecting new ones on semi-natural sites. New ways to sustainable building and human settlement policy are described in a new brochure, Nachhaltiges Bauen und Wohnen [Sustainable Building and Living].