23 April 2020 3 min read

5 sustainable construction technologies supporting the environment

 

The modern world focuses more and more on the eco-friendly way of living in food, fashion, design. We want to extend this attention to other spheres of life in the construction. Here are the most common sustainable construction technologies currently used in the industry to support the environment.

The construction industry is inseparably connected with the natural environment, strongly affecting it and, oftentimes, draining the strength out of it. Even though, there are many ways for the #construction to give back to mother Earth. By implementing sustainable construction technologies and focusing on green building, we can support the environment to ensure a better life for future generations, many times saving money. Here are 5 eco-friendly sustainable construction technologies:

Modular construction

Modular Constructions are prefabricated buildings that consist of separate sections called modules. These modules are repeatable and easy to build - they can be finished much faster than the regular constructions. In most cases, modules are manufactured away from the site where the building will be located - they can be done anywhere needed or desired. Finally, Modular Construction can build long-term, temporary or permanent facilities. It allows to:

Shorten the time of construction

Reduce energy consumption

Lower level of onsite pollution

Implement reusability & less noise pollution

3D printing

It evolved throughout the years and emerged as an innovative and modern technique often used in green building. As opposed to conventional printing using paper and some type of ink, materials we use in 3D printing can be widely different, such as cement, metal, plastic, nylon. This means that it can, and already is being applied in almost every aspect of our lives - like those 3D printed houses, which are part of a planned 50-home neighborhood for low-income families. Thanks to this technology development, we can:

Lower the carbon footprint

Cut down the material usage and time of construction [month vs days or even hours!

Reduce waste production - fewer leftovers in comparison to regular production

Solar power

Solar panels are more and more common - and for a good reason! They serve as a clean, renewable energy source that reduces the usage of fossil fuels, like oil, coal, and gas, harmful to the environment and typically used in the production of electricity. By doing this, it achieves a lower carbon footprint. Another benefit is that by using solar power, you can cut your utility bills. Some solar panels can produce more electricity than you have been consuming so far! They enable companies to:

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Replace non-renewable energy sources, such as fossil fuels

Sustain your household and save you money - in some cases, even make you money!

Biodegradable & Durable materials

Eco-friendly, energy-efficient, sustainable buildings are popular now, and not without a reason. Many materials have emerged in the market that can be used to reduce the environmental impact of constructions. We can creatively use reclaimed timber, bamboo - which is more sustainable than regular wood, cork, biodegradable paint, or bioplastics and still get a durable persevering design. The use of such materials supports people and companies to:

Reduce the negative impacts on the environment

Have a longer construction lifetime requiring less maintenance

Reduce waste for the demolition and disposal phase

Water efficiency technologies

Water-saving technologies consist of the re-use and application of efficient water supply systems. Dual plumbing, reusing water on-site, or rainwater harvesting are great examples. It aims to address freshwater shortages as well as to:

Lower water usage costs and help in water conservation

Provide water for multi-purpose usage

Ensure low waste by adequately managing and recycling

To put things into perspective, the built environment accounts for 45% of total UK carbon emissions, 27% from domestic buildings, and 18% from non-domestic. If we do not recall the importance of eco-construction and renewable resources now, we may face even more significant adverse environmental effects in the future.

Moreover, there are many other sustainable construction technologies the industry uses to be eco-friendly and turn to green construction. We are not saying it is easy to change the old and familiar ways - oftentimes it involves a lot of investment and time to transform into a sustainable building (that is normal!). But the effort will payback! We believe that adopting innovative green construction techniques and materials will allow more companies to bloom, grow, profit, and understand the importance of it. After all, we live on this Earth together, and we want to leave this place better for future generations, right?

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