Sustainable Real Estate Approach Shaping Future of City Planning and Development

Sustainable Real Estate Approach Shaping Future of City Planning and Development

With the need to find solutions for urbanisation, sustainable city planning has been moving towards new dimensions: Ravi Menon, Co-Chairman of Sobha Realty

With the increasing population and environmental challenges growing concurrently, it has become a necessity to establish smart and sustainable cities.

Sustainable city planning and development marks a paradigm shift in the efforts to create a harmonious balance between urbanisation and ecological well-being. While the world strives to develop a sustainable city, the pivotal role of the real estate sector cannot be undermined.

The real estate sector lies at the heart of the transformative efforts, which not only shapes the physical landscape but also holds the key to fostering an environmentally conscious, socially inclusive and economically vibrant urban environment.

From constructing towering skyscrapers to residential communities, real estate development significantly influences the functioning and development of cities as well as its impact on the planet. Attributing to its contributions and potential, real estate is deemed the cornerstone of a sustainable future.

As people flock to cities for better opportunities and lifestyle, the world is currently facing an increased rate of urbanisation. With over half of the global population now residing in urban areas, urbanisation has posed several challenges including unsystematic development, resource depletion, increased pollution and several social disparities.

Even though modern approaches deem real estate as a substantial factor in developing a sustainable future, conventional construction practices that prioritised profit over people and the planet exacerbated environmental issues. Currently, forward-thinking city planners and developers are steering the industry towards a more comprehensive and sustainable path.

With the surging need to find solutions for urbanisation challenges, sustainable city planning has been moving towards new dimensions. Going beyond conventional approaches of developing energy-efficient buildings, there is now a holistic approach which entails various strategies to streamline urban development efforts.

Now real estate developers focus to incorporate environmentally friendly construction materials, energy-efficient designs, waste management facilities, water conservation systems and green spaces into their projects.

Amid the increasing environmental consciousness in the realm of real estate development, developers are further exploring concepts like net-zero buildings, that produce as much energy as they consume, and sustainable architecture, which seamlessly blends with nature.

Apart from these features, locations selected for real estate developments also play a key role in defining the effectiveness of sustainable urban planning. For instance, creating mixed-use developments that combine residential, commercial and recreational spaces minimizes the need for long commutes, thus curbing carbon emissions.

Projects that promote public transportation and walkability can transform cities into interconnected hubs with less pollution.

In order to fully attain the potential of real estate initiatives in sustainable city planning, it is highly essential to form a close link between the government, developers, urban planners and community. Collaborations between stakeholders is an important factor in developing the urban landscape that can meet the needs of the future. By introducing regulations, mandating sustainable infrastructure and incentivising green building, governments can lay the foundation for a sustainable real estate approach.

As the urban landscape continues to evolve, real estate sector’s role in sustainable city planning and development becomes more significant. The sector has the potential to reshape urban environments by making them resilient, socially inclusive and economically prosperous.

Growth of the real estate sector can strike a balance between urban development and environment conservation by adopting sustainable methods and placing a high priority on the welfare of the planet and its inhabitants.

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