Alternative building materials

Whether you work in the construction trade, are an architect, designer or consumer, you can't have failed to miss the increase in building materials that come under the sustainable and environmentally friendly banner.

Right from the start of the construction, through to the finishing touches, there are eco friendly building materials that can suit all manner of projects. Just look at the recently completed Waste House in Brighton, where a whole house was constructed from recycled and sustainable products.

Although some of the new sustainable building materials can initially seem costly, when the energy saving costs and the labour costs (a number of them are quicker to use than traditional methods) are taken into consideration, there is not a great deal of difference.

What does alternative building materials mean?

Alternative or sustainable building materials are products that have been developed in an environmentally responsible way, helping to reduce the large amount of CO2 gasses that are produced by the construction industry. They can also have ongoing efficiency benefits helping to cut down on costs.

Developments are continually ongoing and new building materials are constantly coming on to the market. The whole idea is that structures made from sustainable products will help to reduce the impact of the built up environment.

Products for construction

Perhaps one of the most popular sustainable building materials to have emerged over the last decade are Porotherm clay blocks. Outperforming traditional building aggregate, Porotherm clay blocks are not only an extremely versatile and efficient way to build, but they have been designed to be thermally and acoustically efficient.

But, there are many other alternative building materials also available, which include everything from doors, windows and roof tiles, to thermal insulation, plaster and even concrete that absorbs carbon dioxide as it hardens instead of emitting it.

Water efficient bathrooms

Just like the advancement of environmentally friendly building materials, bathrooms have come a long way as well. Most now have some water saving elements helping the customers to achieve a reduction in their water usage.

The key to the success of these water efficient bathrooms is their look. The style and design have not been lost, so the customer can have the best of both worlds.

How important are alternative building materials?

The building and construction trade is the industry that generates the largest share of pollution emissions and global resource use, so it is essential to develop more techniques to protect earth's ecosystems.

Developing sustainable and eco friendly building materials and techniques has a number of benefits that not only protect biodiversity, but can also help to improve the quality of life of those using buildings constructed from 'green' technologies, reduce waste systems and restore natural resources. Additionally, they can have a beneficial economic effect on the construction industry.

At Chandlers, we have a wide selection of alternative building materials, which include Porotherm blocks and our own range of water efficient bathrooms. Our teams at our branches are happy to chat with you about them and you can find out more information by clicking here.

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