By 2050, the world might need three times more resources than we use now, according to the United Nations. The traditional “linear economy” model of using and disposing things “is forcing the planet into a state of disrepair,” said Sophie Walker, Head of UK Sustainability at JLL.
A better system is circular, in which materials are reused endlessly and produce little to no waste, Walker said. In real estate, concepts like modular construction and quick-to-build low-impact materials could be the future of building. This circular mindset, Walker said, offers a path toward a more efficient, environmentally conscious future.