11 August, 2021
Over the years, green technologies have been successfully implemented in various regions across sectors, highlighting a deepening trend that favors sustainable building materials.
Raleigh, North Carolina, Aug 11: The construction sector has always faced criticism for its carbon emissions. Starting from the infrastructure to the particulate emissions left behind in the air, it acts as a source of air and sound pollution; this has pushed the sector toward finding more sustainable ways of building. Owing to this, in recent times, sustainable building materials have gained prominence as the global construction industry’s newest trend.
“Governments across the globe are taking various measures to address the issue of pollution caused by the construction sector. Concepts like LEED certification have been implemented in most developed countries to ensure energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Roshni Nair, Lead Analyst at Beroe. “However, several construction firms believe that sustainable raw materials to be a lasting solution to present issues. There are several innovative products in the market and under research that are environment friendly and help improve overall sustainability levels in a building.”
Sustainable materials and green technologies have been implemented successfully in various sectors such as commercial, retail, industrial, and healthcare. Several construction firms in the U.S., Europe, and Asia have been actively using such green materials to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency and overall cost savings. The types of sustainable building materials include reclaimed wood, insulated concrete forms, bamboo, green thermal insulation (such as wool, polyester, hempcrete, and cellulose), reclaimed steel, bio walls, structural insulated panels, aerocon blocks, electrochromic glass, and recycled rubber.
There are numerous drivers to this trend:
The constraints to property that is made with sustainable materials are:
The implementation of green building materials in construction will result in decreased operating costs of all facilities. Buildings with LEED certifications have recorded a 20 percent decrease in annual maintenance costs. They also tend to attract higher rents. For example, in Los Angeles, a traditional building gets an average of $2.16 per sq. ft, but a LEED-certified one rents out for $2.91 per sq. ft on an average. The government has also implemented rules that improve energy efficiency in all buildings. With anticipated cost savings with these materials, this acts as a major driver of the green building material sector.
“The increasing need and growing demand for sustainable buildings worldwide mandate a change in traditional technologies and practices. This change can be brought about by adopting green materials in building construction, which will lead to better energy efficiency and waste management,” said Roshni Nair, Lead Analyst at Beroe. “This concept has been successful in developed nations, and if replicated in other countries, it will help build long-term sustainable construction industry. In both developing and developed markets, the introduction of this concept along with advanced technology will improve the utilization of available resources, construction products, and environmental conditions.”
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