The sustainable character of constructions is essential for protecting the environment, reducing long-term costs, and improving the quality of human life. In the view of 37% of Romanians, the ideal house is characterized by sustainability (vs. 28% in 2022).
84% of Romanians believe that innovation and modernity offer significant opportunities for mitigating environmental problems. Also, 7 out of 10 Romanians would trust to build a house with the most sustainable masonry material.
Building energy performance (76%) and inadequate disposal of construction waste (69%) are perceived as the main environmental problems in construction that influence quality of life.
Romanians believe that innovation and modernity offer significant opportunities for environmental issues, and their openness and trust in sustainable building materials are constantly increasing.
According to the results of the Reveal Marketing Research study, modernization is becoming an increasingly important facet in ensuring the quality of life and protecting the planet, with 84% of Romanians being of the opinion that the way in which innovation and technology are managed and used can positively influence the protection of the environment.
This perception is found especially in the case of people aged between 35-44 years (96%), this being the age group that chooses "green" or ecological products and solutions more often in everyday life (14% vs. 11% total sample).
Turning our attention to masonry materials, we notice that the attribute of being "friendly with the environment" is becoming more and more defining for this product category, registering a score of 58%, a percentage increasing by 7% compared to the similar study held in 2021.
Moreover, the confidence level of Romanians in building a house with the most sustainable masonry material is increasing compared to last year, reaching 72% (vs. 66% in 2022). This attitude is found to be significantly greater among those aged between 35 and 55 (83%) and those who have built or are in the process of building a house (84%).
Sustainability in construction takes many forms, and if we refer to the motivations for choosing the masonry material used in the construction process, sustainable attributes are associated to a greater extent with the BCA material. So, 56% of construction professionals say they prefer to build with this material because of its durability, while 26% mention its ecological character, and 21% its quality to help reduce carbon emissions.
"The living space is of crucial importance in ensuring the quality of life, having the ability to influence aspects such as health, safety, comfort, well-being or satisfaction felt by individuals. The results of the study reflect a significant concern and growing public awareness of environmental issues in construction, with them emphasizing the importance of sustainable construction. Romanians aspire to live in sustainable and energy-efficient homes that are environmentally friendly and help them save in the long term by lowering maintenance costs," says Marius Luican, CEO of Reveal Marketing Research.
Ecological problems in construction represent major concerns in the current context for over 60% of Romanians.
More than 60% of Romanians are concerned to a great extent about all the problems in the field of construction that influence the quality of life, the energy performance of the building (76%), and the inadequate disposal of construction waste (69%) are their main concerns.
If we refer to the influence of the construction process on the environment, 79% of Romanians believe that it is necessary to prioritize the promotion of products that help the environment, while 78% perceive construction companies as being responsible for the level of the carbon footprint they emit, and 77% are of the opinion that all companies should make public the activities through which they harm the environment (77%).
Focusing our attention on the different types of consumers, we notice that those who have built or are in the process of building a house consider to a significantly greater extent that the sustainability of the home is as important as the comfort it offers (86% vs. 77% total sample).