Three reasons why residential buildings are becoming more energy efficient

Buildings are one of the heaviest users of energy in modern societies. And given that the majority of our energy is provided via the burning of fossil fuels, it means that our houses and apartment blocks are major contributors to global warming.

However, residents, builders and local authorities are becoming increasingly aware of this, and are looking for ways to limit the impact buildings have on energy consumption. This article looks at several factors that are driving this change, from environmental concerns to economic considerations, and how urban design as an occupation is starting to change.