The strive for more energy-efficient buildings will always comes down to the quest for better structures that keeps out Mother Nature’s weathering elements.
Recycling is not a luxury or a fashion but a necessity, which comes from a very simple observation: we live in a limited world. Contrary to what we have believed for a long time, our human activity is not infinitely develop-able because it is limited in terms of energy, natural resources, space or simply the capacity to adapt nature.
From this observation and this awareness must result a behavior which, basically is based on the respect we have of ourselves and therefore of nature (to be spared and not to be managed). Recycling, reuse, reclamation or recovery are behaviors that minimize the energy used, maximize the use of materials, reduce the risk of pollution at the time of manufacture, use Or disposal of these materials.
You might want to skip the wood beams when building your next house.
❷Insulating Concrete Forms
Imagine a house built using a construction technology known for its strength, warmth, comfort as well as its sound and weather resistance.
❸Straw bale houses
Research shows that straw-bale construction is a sustainable method for building, from the viewpoint of both materials and energy needed for heating and cooling.
Invented by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2006, is an environmental friendly brick made from recycled materials and construction waste. Eco Block are energy efficient and up to 100% stronger than a conventional concrete block wall and have maintained structural integrity in real natural disasters such as cyclones, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and fires.
Amazing benefits; reduce local air temperatures Lower peak electricity demand, which can help prevent power outages. Also reduce power plant emissions, including carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, mercury, and nitrous oxides, by reducing cooling energy use in buildings.
❻Recycled Wood/Plastic Composite Lumber
A composite deck will last longer and doesn’t require the annual application of stain and/or seal and the environmental impact of composite decking can be minimized by planning all cuts to minimize scrap and by carefully capturing the sawdust.
Energy-efficient windows are actually made to neutralize the effects of changing weather on the inside of your home. They are helping to keep a constant temperature longer so your heating systems and air-conditioning don’t have to kick-in quite so often.
❽Vacuum Insulation Panel
A vacuum insulated panel is a type of thermal insulation consisting of a gas-tight enclosure surrounding a solid core, from which the air has been evacuated. It’s used in building construction to provide better insulation performance than conventional insulation materials.
Applicable term is Rammed earth, it is a technique for constructing foundations, walls, and floors using natural raw materials such as earth, chalk, lime, or gravel.
Chiefly, all this also means trying to delay as much as possible the moment when an object becomes a waste. An important balance must be kept in each stage of life-extraction of raw materials, manufacturing, processing, recycling, elimination.
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