5 Sustainable Techniques and Methods that Are Changing Construction

5 Sustainable Techniques and Methods that Are Changing Construction

Sustainability is probably the biggest concern for the construction industry nowadays. And, even though it poses a big challenge, we must acknowledge the value of these efforts that are being held in order to build more responsibly. These initiatives are crucial steps towards a better future for all, where people can have healthy and quality lives. Here are five sustainable construction techniques and methods that are becoming increasingly important currently.

Green roofs

Green roofs are more than just ornamental spaces. These green roofs allow growing grass, flowers, plants and even vegetables with a structure that can absorb stormwater in order to manage it more easily than with just a concrete bare roof. This also provides cleaner air for its surroundings, as well as a reduction in cooling and heating necessities in the building.

Greywater management systems

Greywater is the one that can be reused for non-consumption purposes. It reduces the need for freshwater, thus letting the building save a great amount of resources and radically reducing water pollution. Installing these systems provides water for plant irrigation, common area cleaning and the supply of toilet water. 

3D printing

We recently published a piece that explores this issue with more detail >> How Bright is the Future of 3D Printing in Construction?<<. Even though this technique still needs perfecting, 3D printed structures may imply a great advance for the sustainability in the construction industry by saving materials, accelerating processes and reducing needs for transportation.

Material selection

The need for more sustainable materials cannot be approached as a problem with a universal solution. One of the paths that must be followed is the search for local materials that will reduce the pollution that transportation causes. Other sustainable materials are renewable products like bamboo and innovative biomaterials like mycelium. These materials have the benefit of being compostable.

Prefabricated components

There has been a strong reluctance to the use of these components in construction, however they have proven to be great allies when it comes to sustainability. Not only do they reduce the unnecessary expenses of transportation, but they also considerably reduce the waste produced in each project. As long as the quality of these products is preserved, prefabricated components can really turn around the cost and pollution of construction.

What do you think of these methods? Which others would you add to this list? We’d love to know your opinions on this issue! WE RECOMMEND YOU TO READ How Bright is the Future of 3D Printing in Construction? 


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