Nothing to waste!

Year after year, new building standards and adoption of eco-friendly materials have been at a rise. Construction has been shifting to more sustainable methods and materials; even the waste during construction is recycled by separating the debris for potentially recoverable materials.

An approximate 3600 kg of waste is disposed into landfills during construction of a 185 sq.m. home.  People are more conscious about not disregarding waste and recycling any salvageable materials they may have. A mixture of sometimes unlikely materials have been found to produce a stronger or easier to use materials. Innovators are constantly looking at ways to reuse and reapply materials that are found all around.

Here are some recycled materials that are beginning to be increasingly used:

straw can be recycled and have been used to make claystraw pre-fabricated walls; fenndesigners

Wool Brick is a composite material made with wool & a polymer from seaweed mixed with the clay component. These bricks are more sustainable, non-toxic, and stronger. These bricks are 37% stronger than other bricks and resistant to even cold and wet climates.; fenn designers

Concrete composite can be mixed with recycled crushed glass or wood chips to reduce the need of new raw material. It does not radically change the material and helps reduce CO2 emissions.

Steel can be melted down and reused over again. It can be used for both the exterior and the interior finishes of the building.

Granite composite can be used to form construction material and can be used in cladding and flooring.

The examples shown are just a few materials that have looked at existing construction materials that are already in existing and trying to develop them with the use of wastes that could be found in landfills and construction sites. It might not seem that it has been a great impact but the reduction of certain composites in each different kind of material is advancement in making such materials more eco-friendly and durable. Recycled materials are greatly used in disaster response areas that need quick housing set ups and lightweight constructions.

Read more about that in next week’s article!

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