Today, awareness of the environment is growing across the globe, along with greater knowledge on climate change and the challenges of water shortages and water excess. Developers are choosing to build green and demanding sustainable construction. The focus for new buildings is increasingly on energy efficiency, water conservation and the sustainability of construction materials. As technology advances and political involvement and incentives emerge, this movement will continue to grow stronger. Singapore is a leading example, with projects like the Parkroyal, the Tree House and the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, which showcase a combination of green infrastructure with innovative water management techniques.
For the builders of green sustainable high-rises, implementing the right piping systems, made from sustainable plastic materials and designed to save energy, enable water savings and re-use, is key. Building these new “vertical cities” and self-sustaining high-rise buildings introduces new challenges that require innovative solutions: