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Top 5 Sustainable Construction Materials

The adverse effects of the activity of mankind on the environment are increasing year on year. In an effort to combat and reduce these negative influences, governments and simple citizens alike put pressure on the players in all industries to adhere to stricter rules and innovative practices, to ensure a better world for all. 

The construction industry is not an exception, bringing to the forefront the necessity and urgency to reevaluate how the construction process impacts the environment.

It is no secret that the increase in residential and industrial construction projects has negatively affected the environmental footprint. The construction industry uses approximately 24% of the world’s raw materials, resulting in the consumption of a significant amount of energy.   The construction industry accounts for 38% of all energy-related Co2 emissions.

We must all contribute to more sustainable construction industry

Sustainable building practices and the use of recyclable materials are all of paramount importance, not only due to stricter national and international regulations but also mainly because the way materials are used and buildings are constructed today, will have a direct impact on our world tomorrow. Therefore, we need to promote and create in the construction industry a future-looking ecological awareness and mindset.

 ANICON.’s team and partners are ardent supporters and advocates of innovation and sustainability when choosing materials and construction methods for our projects. We are passionate about creating a more sustainable, long-lasting, and eco-friendly result with greater health benefits for all.

In an effort to increase awareness, we have compiled a list of the top five sustainable construction materials, which one should be aware when building a new space.

Sustainability is the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs.”

World Commission on Environment and Development

Materials underlining the building’s sustainability.

Nowadays, many buildings label themselves as “green”, even though they are not always as environmentally friendly as they claim to be. To safeguard our planet, it is vital to carefully choose natural, renewable materials, and recycled products. 

  1. Bamboo for floors and cabinets:

Bamboo has recently been recognized as one of the most sustainable materials in the construction industry. Due to its durability and the ability to grow very fast, it makes for a perfect sustainable alternative to wood. It can be harvested every 3 years while continuing to grow without the need for replanting. Meanwhile, being a perennial grass, it is more resistant to moisture damage and naturally tends to repel mold and mildew.

2. Sheep Wool for insulation:

Sheep wool is a naturally insulating material available in various forms, such as layers, insulating plates, or woolen fabrics. Wool insulation is very versatile and does not contain synthetic additives making it permeable but at the same time resistant to moisture resulting in an odor and pollutants neutralizing effect.

3. Recycled metal for the roof:

The use of recycled metal (such as steel, aluminum, and copper) can reduce the need for raw material extraction, highly contributing to the building’s eco-friendly characteristics. Its longevity and durability, being fire, water, and pest resistant, make it a viable option for roofing and structural supports, while its sustainability is underlined by the fact that it can be recycled and repurposed multiple times. 

4. Prefabricated concrete slabs for interior and exterior walls:

 Prefabricated concrete slabs are produced in a controlled environment and not on the construction site. Therefore, the end result is of high quality and relatively lower cost. This translates into infrequent repairs and low operating costs for the owner. 

Prefabricated concrete is weather-resistant and serves as an excellent solution for the building’s temperature insulation. 

5. Recycled glass for special finishes in the interior:

Recycled glass is very versatile and can provide endless possibilities. It can be used to create beautiful and durable countertops in kitchens and bathrooms, while floor tiles are available in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and finishes, enabling you to create unique spaces.

Embracing building sustainability 

The selection of the right sustainable construction materials is an integral part of the building’s design, to serve the health and comfort needs of its tenants alongside the preservation of the natural environment. 

As the environmental footprint is on top of the agenda of all major industries, the construction industry of Greece is called to reevaluate its traditional techniques and adopt resource-efficient ones including the careful selection of sustainable materials, to actively participate in building a “greener” future for all.

We in ANICON. choose green. Do you?

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