11 Nov 2019 - According to reports, every leading construction company uses around half of all non-renewable resources which are consumed by the mankind, making it one of the least sustainable industries in the world.

The construction majorly takes about 50 percent of water, 60 percent of material for building, and leads to 80 percent of land loss to agriculture and farming. Therefore, the need of the hour is to start implementing sustainable construction practices, that have a positive impact on the environment, both during the construction phase and the lifespan of it.

There are multiple eco-friendly building materials that have emerged, which can help reduce the environmental impact of the construction industry. Some eco-friendly materials are as follows: 

Porotherm smart bricks:

This is an extremely resource-efficient brick also called REB, that combines precision technology with a sustainable construction process and guarantees fast construction. This saves time, is labor-friendly, ensures consistent quality and does not need any water or sand. It also enhances thermal protection and offers unmatched dimensional tolerance. There is also no wastage in this. 

Manufactured sand: 

This sand is prepared by crushing hard granite stone, is readily available and reduces a lot of transport cost. It is devoid of impurities which are present in conventional river sand, and gives a stronger foothold during construction.

Reclaimed or recycled metal:

Recycling is the way forward for sustainability. There are so many materials that consume a lot of energy while being manufactured. For example, manufacturing usable metal involves several steps like mining the ore, heating and shaping products and then transporting relatively heavy material. 

If you consider recycling or reclaiming metal, it can be properly and efficiently reused to make new products. Recycled metal is a long-lasting material that can be used in the construction of new sites. It does not need frequent replacement. This can be used for roofing structural supports and building facades. It’s also water and pest-resistant.


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Ananya Jain