Building with traditional construction materials requires the major exploitation of natural resources. As builders and consumers become more aware of the environmental impacts we have on the world, demand for viable alternatives has increased. In response, durable fabrics like as polyethylene (PE) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) have emerged as a popular green building material. Not only are these materials made of at least 85% recycle material, they can also be used to achieve almost any design.
Green building awareness, construction and data collection efforts have led to impressive data-driven opportunities to reduce resource consumption in buildings. However the voluntary approach, focusing on (mainly new and high end) buildings, have had only limited impacts on overall efficiency. Jeff Ranson, executive director of the Toronto 2030 District, argues that urban systems modelling can help drive community-scale resource efficiency. He identifies several programs that are doing so in Europe and proposes Toronto 2030 District for a pilot effort in North America.