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Why Use Sustainable Materials in the Building Process?

Why Use Sustainable Materials in the Building Process?

The world around us is changing at a rate that surprises even climate scientists. It’s a situation that’s placing some of the most sensitive habitats on earth at tremendous risk and could result in large sections of coastal areas being lost to the ocean thanks to rising sea levels.

More than mere speculation, it’s an issue which 97% of actively publishing climate scientists agree on. Coupled with rapid deforestation and countless other environmental atrocities being committed around the globe, the need for action is clear and it is critical.

The message has been heard, however, and changes are ongoing to help keep our planet habitable for the myriad of species which call it home. Some are large, like global CO2 targets, whilst others are small, like switching to LED lightbulbs within your home.

Each of these changes, however, is a force for good and in everything we do we should always strive to choose sustainable, eco-friendly options.

But in the building process, why should we use sustainable materials? After all, homes can stand for hundreds of years, isn’t the real value in constructing buildings which stand the rest of time? Join us as we take a look at a few of the reasons why our process utilises sustainable materials where possible:

 

Sustainable Doesn’t Mean Flimsy

Unsustainable materials don’t have a monopoly on being tough and long-lasting. In fact, many sustainable alternatives are more reliable than their unsustainable alternatives, many of which are designed and built to manage cost.

Wood, bamboo, wool, straw, lime render, stone and the countless other sustainable building materials available for construction offers superior durability, natural warmth and beauty too.

 

It’s Vital for the Environment

On average, it takes between 50 and 80 tonnes of CO2 to produce a standard masonry house in the UK. For comparison, the average CO2 output for a home every year is around 5 tonnes. Clearly, construction has a huge environmental impact.

To further illustrate the point; consider that whilst it takes almost 2,000Kgs of Co2 to produce a tonne of steel, producing a tonne of wood actually removes over 500Kgs of Co2.

We can’t stop building homes, so, instead, we must move towards sustainable building materials. It’s simple, really.

 

It’s a Valuable Feature

The world is growing more eco-conscious, and as that shift occurs, so does the demand for homes which are manufactured in an ethical, thoughtful way. Sustainable materials may cost slightly more in certain circumstances, but their value to customers is significantly higher.

Better still, our eco homes are designed to reduce long-term CO2 impacts, with additional features like underfloor heating, ground-source heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar arrays, all of which reduce the environmental impact of the home over time.

Combined with eco-conscious building practices and the aforementioned sustainable materials, it ensures that the homes we construct live in harmony with the environment they occupy, rather than in opposition to it.

To learn more about our eco-homes, get in touch today.