Sustainability means longevity so, to help the planet, it’s also necessary to choose materials that can stand the test of time. The same goes for techniques such as sustainable design builds and extensions that last a lifetime and more, so that you don’t have to worry about having to replace them over time or re-do areas of the property due to wear and tear. Not only can this help your wallet, but it also helps the environment.
In addition, the manufacturing of sustainable materials is also more likely to create less waste going to landfill, which is a good way to protect the ecosystem. Materials that are more energy-efficient can also cut down your electricity bills, something that will have a positive effect on the planet too. Other environmental benefits include a boost in water conservation, the improvement of the air and water surrounding the premises and a reduction in harmful emissions during the construction process.
High reduction in carbon emissions < saves energy < saves money on energy bills
Here are some sustainable materials that we discuss about
1. Reclaimed, Recycled or Sustainable Wood
An excellent material which exposes natural-looking floors, beams, contemporarily pleasing and easy to use. Reclaimed or recycled wood has a much lower environmental impact than harvesting new timber. When homes are surrounded by a natural material like wood, it significantly increases our overall wellbeing.
Example of a Bamboo House:
3. Recycled Plastic
Plastic takes up to million years to decompose in landfills. However, on whilst plastic bags we use in our everyday life take 10-20 years to decompose, and plastic bottles take 450 years. Companies that use a carbon-neutral, non-toxic manufacturing process to make construction materials out of recycled plastic – produce 95% lower in greenhouse gas emissions compared to concrete blocks.
Recycled plastic is a durable and robust material, great at sound retaining. Creating this green circle in using what we already have will significantly reduce the waste in the long run.
A classy, yummy bottle of wine helps in the fight against global warming. Cork is a resilient material, resistant to moisture and any liquid (hence the wine). Due to its structure, it can absorb vibration. Next time when you open that yummy bottle of wine, remember there is a better place for cork than the landfill.
5. Ash Crete
Have you ever wondered what those unusual organic-looking houses are made off? They are constructed of a material called cob which is a mix of subsoil, water, fibrous organic material (typically longer straw), in some cases lime.
Cob is a natural material super easy to use, and due to its texture, it gives you the freedom to create any shape you could possibly imagine. It creates a natural insulation and is very energy efficient. As a result, cob houses require little to no heating.
Example of Cob House:
7. Recycled Steel
Recycled steel is a type of material that doesn’t lose its properties when recycled. Did you know that steel is the most recycled material in the world? More steel is recycled each year than plastic, paper, aluminum, and glass all combined.
Using recycled steel in the building process is strong and durable. It’s a massive saver in energy costs too.
Example of steel in construction use:
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