Bill Gates calls for breakthroughs in building technology
The annual Bill Gates letter, which he writes with his wife Melinda, talked extensively about climate change this year. And buildings were one area that he picked out for special attention. “We need breakthrough inventions,” he said.
Gates made the point that as the urban population grows, the world’s building stock is set to double by 2060 – the equivalent of building an entire New York City every month for the next 40 years. “That’s a lot of cement and steel,”
The production of building materials is among the manufacturing processes that contribute 21% of global greenhouse gases, according to IPCC figures. Manufacturing is the third biggest contributor, after Electricity (25%) and Agriculture (24%). Furthermore, Building Operations, which includes heating, cooling, lighting etc, contributes 6%.
This inspires us to find new, better and unexpected ways to improve how we build and run the global built environment. This is why we put sustainability front and centre of all our thinking at Livingstone, as we endeavour to help the businesses responsible for this burgeoning cityscape to meet their business and construction needs, while reducing their impact on the environment.
Read more of the letter at https://www.gatesnotes.com/2019-Annual-Letter#ALChapter3