Builders Go Green with These Sustainable Construction Techniques
Sustainable construction is the process of facilitating infrastructural change in a balanced fashion. In sustainable construction, the exploitation of construction materials and the orientation of technological development must be in harmony and improve both future and current potential to meet human needs and aspirations.
It is our duty as constructors and Australians to build structures that’ll not only meet our current needs but also integrate well into future developments.
It’s time for Australia to take charge and become a trailblazer and world leader in sustainable construction. Today, we’ll look into a few of the best techniques.
1. Prefabricating Materials in Controlled Environments
The best way to improve the quality of our structures is to make use of as many prefabricated materials and components as possible.
Prefabricated structures result in less trash. When construction materials are cut precisely, less waste is created.
This results in buildings with enough strength to allow contractors to incorporate as much wood framing as possible.
Contractors can easily cut and shape sheet metal in a controlled environment instead of outdoors where the elements can change the shape of the metal.
2. Soil Nailing
Soil nailing is a construction technique used in areas where landslides could potentially be a problem.
The process brings soil stability by using grouted tension-resisting fibreglass or steel reinforced nails.
By penetrating the ground, soil nailing stabilises it. At the same time, it adds a layer of environmentally-friendly materials that support the soil and helps promote flora regrowth.
3. Synthetic Roof Underlayment
Roofing underlayment is an essential secondary barrier that assists in preserving and extending the life of your overall roofing system.
Most traditional roof underlayments are asphalt based. These asphalt-saturated underlayments tend to break down fairly quickly.
Replacing your roof underlayment is essential when keeping moisture out of the interior of your structure.
Synthetic roof underlayment provides you with an alternative that weighs considerably less and holds up well to wear and tear brought about by the elements.
Synthetic roof underlayment is made from a polymer produced from recycled scrap materials. Synthetic underlayments also eliminate volatile organic compounds from the roof.
4. Solar Thermal Cladding
This passive solar building method is designed for the sole purpose of holding heat during winter months.
Solar energy from the sun gets stored within the thermal cladding. The energy gets passed through the building for heat retention purposes.
Solar Thermal Cladding systems are sometimes referred to as SolarWall. Solar wall systems have been applied to a plethora of configurations for different structures.
Solar Thermal Cladding has gradually become the new gold standard for clean modern-day heating.
This system also helps take in fresh air at considerably less cost. This helps create a healthy interior environment.
5. Construction Waste Management
The reduction of construction site waste has become a priority in recent years. The good news is that waste reduction has also become more achievable.
Hauliers have become more technologically advanced. In the past, construction sites had several waste bins for different types of waste. Nowadays, only one is needed as hauliers use pickers to separate the different materials.
Through the use of hauliers, we can send up to 75% less waste to landfills. Hauliers are especially useful in smaller projects undertaken in urban areas. Some construction materials are recyclable on site, most notably concrete.
6. Material Selection
Constructors and clients seeking sustainable structures can achieve their sustainability goals by making use of materials manufactured from recycled products. Water reduction should also become a priority for your eco-friendly structure.
Structures can only become greener when the materials used in creating them are also green. From buildings, through construction sites, all the way down to the waste associated with construction, every single material, and the components of your construction should be environmentally friendly.
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