The future of sustainability and commercial developments

| Jan 27, 2021 | Environmental And Natural Resources Law

Developers justifiably fear the natural environment and building new commercial properties. The two sides seem inherently contrasted as the reconstruction of the current environment is in opposition to building new, necessary projects across Oregon.

Luckily, environmental regulations and exciting new developments can work together to benefit the community. Data suggests that sustainability will be a primary focus of new development projects moving forward.

Predicting the sustainable future of Portland

Oregon’s progressive nature means the calls for more sustainable projects and climate action have increased since 2012. The city of Portland even has a committee, called About Planning and Sustainability (BPS), which focuses solely on sustainable plans and practices for the city as a whole.

Through BPS, organizers create strategies that teach the community about how land use and urban design helps meet climate action goals, and how they can advance green building and energy efficiency. Instead of inhibiting potential commercial projects, developers use these policies to establish creative tactics for their new buildings.

Some examples include more integration of mixed-use properties where businesses, residents, and other organizations can thrive under the same uniform property. This is especially attractive to developers who want to create new ways to bring people together into one space.

Some other tactics include:

  • Focusing on corporate wellness with maximum use of natural lighting, optimal acoustic performance and moisture control.
  • Incorporating the natural environment and organic compounds to cause as little disturbance as possible to the surrounding environment.
  • Green alternative energy sources, such as solar power.

Going forward, project managers will need to work within stricter environmental guidelines, but creative solutions will maximize their commercial properties’ potential.