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Sustainable Building Materials
According to some studies, construction is responsible for up to 50% of climate change. It also impacts landfills and air, water, and noise pollution. However, the industry is seeking to make positive changes to the ways of working, materials used, and production. This in turn minimises the negative effects of construction, and protects the environment for the next generation and beyond.
There are many ways in which our industry can help support the environment. This includes new technology and using sustainable, eco-friendly materials.
Some of the key aspects surrounding sustainability in construction:
- Energy efficiency
- Renewable energy
- Sustainable energy
- Water conversion
- Indoor air quality
- Design for adaptability and flexibility
Sustainable building materials are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout their life cycle, from production to disposal. Here are some examples of sustainable building materials:
- Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource and it’s strong, durable, and versatile. Usage can be for flooring, wall coverage and structural support.
- Reclaimed wood: Reclaimed wood is salvaged from old buildings, bridges, and other unused structures. Using reclaimed wood reduces both the demand for new timber and the amount of landfill waste.
- Recycled steel: Steel is a highly durable and strong material which can be recycled indefinitely. Recycled steel reduces the need for new steel production, which is energy-intensive and generates significant greenhouse gas emissions.
- Cork: Cork is a sustainable material harvested from the bark of cork oak trees. It is renewable, biodegradable, and has natural insulation properties. Therefore, it is an ideal material for flooring and wall coverings.
- Hempcrete: Hempcrete is a mixture of hemp hurds (the woody inner part of the hemp plant), lime and water. It is a sustainable and low-impact building material that is lightweight, breathable, and has excellent insulation properties.
- Recycled plastic: Recycled plastic can be used in construction in a variety of ways, including as insulation, roofing, and even structural components. Using recycled plastic reduces the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfills or the ocean.
- Low-impact concrete: There are a variety of low-impact concrete options available. These include geopolymer concrete, which is made from industrial waste, and hempcrete, which is made from hemp hurds and lime. These options reduce the carbon footprint of concrete production and can even seclude carbon dioxide.
Overall, sustainability in construction involves a holistic approach to building design and structure. It’s important to consider the social, economic, and environmental impacts of building projects. Also, think about how your company can held to do their bit for the environment.
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