By the end of the century, more than 100,000 people in the United States could be living in the same building as the one that once housed their family, according to a report by the Green Building Association.
The association, which is based in Chicago, has been working for years to get more green building materials onto the market, but it said it had not had the resources to put them to work.
Its report, released Tuesday, was the first of its kind to assess the potential effects of climate change on the climate of large urban areas.
“I think that’s something we’re going to have to look at as we go forward, and I think we’re seeing a shift in what we think of as green building,” said Kevin Smith, executive director of the association.
“We’re going through a transition in the green building industry, a shift away from just one-offs and to things that are sustainable, that can be integrated into a whole building.”
The Green Building Institute, which represents more than 40 Green Building associations around the world, has called on the Trump administration to prioritize green building to combat climate change.
“The reality is, you’re building more of these buildings than you’re actually replacing,” Smith said.
“That’s the reality of what we’ve been seeing.”
The association is encouraging building owners to follow its lead and include carbon sequestration technology in their buildings, which would be retrofitted into older ones.
The goal is to minimize the impact of climate changes on the environment, the association said.