These trends are changing the construction business in a new and radical way. Young home and business owners want their offices and houses to reflect their values about the environment and the technology behind the construction needs to accommodate that.
Green walls and roofs
There are two main ways construction damages the environment. First of all, it disrupts the eco-systems it takes place in. And second of all, new buildings mean spending (and wasting) more energy and more natural resources.
Green walls and roofs help with both. They refer to the plant life that you grow on the walls and roofs of your home. This addition can reduce your energy consumption and thus lower your energy bills significantly. It also makes your yard better-looking and creates more fresh air, which is a greatly appreciated commodity.
Rammed earth is one of the oldest building materials out there. It’s been used for thousands of years. There are good reasons for this. It’s easy to use and it provides great insulation. Now that green construction materials are needed more than ever, rammed earth is making a comeback.
One of the features that make this material especially attractive is the fact that it can be found everywhere so there’s no need to add to the carbon footprint by bringing the material to the construction site. However, there are some limits to using rammed earth since it can’t be used for building very tall buildings.
There’s a lot of work that goes into preparing the materials for construction and therefore a lot of waste and toxic elements are involved. If this is done on the construction site itself, it costs more and damages the environment in numerous ways.
This modular approach to construction is becoming more popular every day and it’s going to be the most important trend this year and for years to come. These modular components such as prefabricated steel frames are created offsite, and therefore enable you to reduce both the carbon footprint and the waste created during the construction.
Natural materials such as wood are always popular with homeowners. They create a warm and rustic look and provide great insulation. They also work well with both modern and conservative design which means that the owners will have a lot of liberties when it comes to decorating.
However, deforestation is becoming more of a problem because wood is used in construction more than ever. An alternative is to use plants such as bamboo. It has all the features of traditional wood, but it doesn’t have to be cut down when harvested.
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Water isn’t always considered a natural resource, but it should be because it’s becoming scarce and there are no ways to replace it. Home construction should take this fact into account and adapt to it.
That way you can both save water and get off the grid as much as you can, which saves on your bills.
Rainwater is relatively easy to harvest and the system for doing so won’t add a lot to the cost of your property. The most important and most expensive part of this system should be the filters that purify the water.
Construction is changing to accommodate the needs of modern homeowners. It’s mostly done by choosing sustainable materials that help you cut your bills and your carbon footprint.
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