Innovative Building Materials That Do Their Bit For The Environment
by Brian Burke
on Friday, June 21st, 2019 at 7:49am.
There are a number of reasons why it would be necessary to retire an old house, and currently, housing commissions in the U.S. are zeroing in on houses built before 1970. While properties with good bones can be restored or renovated, there are those that simply require too much work and need to be demolished. The Denver housing crisis leads to a concerted effort for newbuilds, which creates a great opportunity to build sustainable housing.
Building Materials That Have A Minimal Impact
Bamboo is not only remarkable building material because of the speed of its growth, but also because it boasts a long list of other benefits. It’s one of the strongest materials and can easily replace wood elements throughout the property as the strength-to-weight ratio is unrivaled. Another favorite is hempcrete, which is an ingenious blend of hemp and other materials to form an eco-friendly version of concrete. Hemp grows at stellar speed and also happens to be a tough and durable material.
Withstanding The Elements For Properties That Last
One of the biggest costs for homeowners who have been in their properties for a number of years is the costly repairs of joists and framework that has disintegrated over time. One of the smartest fixes in the construction industry is switching to titanium or a titanium alloy. Titanium is not only a robust material that successfully withstands corrosion, it also happens to be a great material for areas that require strength and longevity. For those who wish to build sustainable houses that will outlast the elements, titanium should form part of the build. Titanium plating is perfect for areas of construction that need solid reinforcement, whereas titanium tubing works well in areas that need lightweight support.
Successfully Recycling Waste
Perhaps one of the most integral parts of creating sustainable construction is by reinventing the use of items that were previously considered harmful. Plastic is perhaps one of the most hated products on the planet, as it’s known to destroy habitats and place wildlife in serious distress. One of the smartest moves by environmentalists is recycling plastic waste into usable items, such as eco-bricks. Ferrock is another interesting sustainable concrete-like material that’s made from steel dust from the steel industry. It also happens to trap CO2, which makes it a carbon neutral product and a great addition to the building material stock list.
Sustainable newbuilds are essential to curb the housing crisis while doing our bit for the environment.
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