Environmental impact continues to be a hot topic in the construction and design industry, and with the worsening effects of climate change, looking into sustainable options is key for everyone.
Whether you’re an engineer, architect, interior designer, or landscape artist, there are many options these days when it comes to highly sustainable materials. And the good thing is, there are loads of ways you can factor in sustainability without sacrificing your design or other specifications.
Read on to find out about some of the eco-friendly building materials you should be using now.
3 Eco-Friendly Building Materials For Your Projects
You may think that bamboo is wood, but it’s actually a grass. It does have many of the same characteristics though – which explains why it often can be hard to tell the difference between a hardwood and bamboo floor.
Unlike wood, bamboo grows really fast – in fact, it only takes three years to mature. It’s also very lightweight, which means that transporting it is energy efficient. And that’s not all. Aside from being sustainable, bamboo is also a very versatile material that can be incorporated into any design – whether for homes or commercial uses. In fact, bamboo can replace hardwood in almost anything, and you can use it knowing you’re cutting down the carbon footprint.
2. Pre-Cast Concrete
Pre-cast concrete is a slab of concrete that is already formed before it’s delivered to construction sites. It’s used as a substitute for poured concrete due to its high sustainability. Pre-cast concrete also has an outside layer that is usually covered with a lightweight insulating material – its ability to withstand harsh weather conditions making it the ideal choice for the construction of walls and facades
3. Sustainable Insulators
1. Polyurethane Foam
If you’re looking for eco-friendly insulation, you can opt for polyurethane foam. Made from kelp, hemp and bamboo, it’s great for insulation and also works against mould and pests. Polyurethane foam can be used for both homes and commercial projects and is effective in maintaining cool air during summer, while preserving heat in winter. It can also be shaped into different forms which makes it very efficient to use in hard-to-reach areas.
2. Sheep Wool
While it’s commonly used by clothing manufacturers, wool is also an effective insulating material for construction purposes. It’s environmentally friendly and easy to install, so you can use it for the construction of walls, ceilings and attics in green buildings.
3. Straw Bales
Straw has superb insulating properties. Like foam, it’s able to preserve cool temperatures during summer while maintaining warm room temperatures during the summer months. Straw is also a preferred building material because it can be harvested and replanted easily, which means it has a minimal environmental impact, and it has a low-energy requirement for heating and cooling.
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If you still haven’t used sustainable building materials for your projects, now’s the time to rethink your strategies. The availability of these eco-friendly alternatives means you can help the environment while keeping up with innovative industry practices. Using sustainable materials can also have a positive impact on how your brand is perceived by the community.
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