What is eco-friendly construction?
Eco-friendly construction is building a structure that is beneficial or non-harmful to the environment. It is also efficient with materials. This is known as green building. It uses local and renewable materials which makes it efficient.
Over the years, eco-friendly construction has changed. Buildings still tend to have a negative impact on the environment, despite using natural resources. Materials are transported thousands of miles and as a result it affects the environment negatively. Emissions from the transport and the damaging chemicals which are from a badly designed building are contributors also.
Ecologically Built Structures
Nowadays there are more ways to design and build an eco-friendly home. Architects, engineers and builders are using more construction techniques that are kinder to our world.
Other options of ecologically built structures include earth ships. These are created by recycled car tyres filled with earth, to build the walls. Another example is Yurts or Gers. They are semi-permanent nomadic tents of Inner Asia. They use local wood, wool and canvas, to live with the land. These examples of eco-friendly structures can be seen as a positive impact on the environment.
Other features of ecological building
Some other features include the use of solar panels which help to power a building. Green roof systems are also beneficial as they protect the roof from the effects of harmful UV light.
Collecting and recycling rainwater is another great way to help the environment. This is due to it reducing wastage. Also, low energy light bulbs can last up to 100 times longer than regular bulbs. This saves money on electricity. Using sustainable building materials like recycled glass and steel are beneficial. As well as renewable materials like bamboo and rubber. Locally-grown and harvested timber from managed forests are beneficial as well. Installing energy-efficient windows and doors is another good idea to make sure the construction is green.
Brick work and the environment
Wastage can really affect the environment negatively.
There are ways to reduce wastage in brick construction such as:
Unloading – Bricks must be unloaded by a forklift.
Storage – Bricks should be stored in a well prepared and level area.
Protection – Bricks should be protected from splashing, spillage and the rain.
Recycling will also be beneficial. For example, reusing damaged or unsuitable bricks. They can be used when working on parts of building that are not visible.