What do you think about when you hear about recycling? Reusable canvas bags for grocery shopping? Reusable bottles instead of plastic ones? Shopping carts full of empty soda cans? Everywhere you look, you’ll see efforts to show a little love to the planet. And as it always happens when there’s a trend, the construction industry is leading in these efforts too.
When starting a construction or remodeling project, it’s useful to consider the following materials and talk with your team about its viability and practicality for your specific project.
When you think about recycling, the images that usually come to mind tend to be disposing of paper, glass, and plastic on separate bins. But it turns out that steel is the world’s most recycled material. Sourced from old cars and appliances, recycled steel is plenty and is here to stay. And the benefits of using it are many: durability, faster assembly time, lower costs. It’s also a material that is readily available and easily assembled.
Composite lumber is a material built of wood fibers and recycled plastic. But don’t let this fact fool you into thinking that they are of a lesser quality. They won’t splinter or rot with weather so It is often used on outside decks and patios and looks just as good, if not better, than natural lumber.
Rammed earth consists of layers of granite and soil compacted into solid, thick walls. Some of its benefits is that it keeps the interior cool, even when it’s hot outside, noise reduction, and it’s fire resistant, since earth doesn’t burn.
No list of green energy in construction would be complete without solar panels. The benefits are many, since they protect your pocket as much as the environment: pay less on utilities, get a tax credit, and government rebates. So you get to save and decrease your carbon footprint. It’s a win-win situation.