8 Sustainable Innovations that are Shaping the Construction Sector

8 Sustainable Innovations that are Shaping the Construction Sector

Guest post by Hannah Bullimore

With the UK construction, operation and maintenance industry accounting for 48% of the UK’s carbon emissions, the focus of many innovations in construction is now on reducing the construction sector's CO2 output.

Protection Supplies uncovered the cutting-edge yet conscious building materials of the future before revealing how these materials are changing the way that buildings are now being constructed.

The UK’s construction industry also needs to build 300,000 homes a year to overcome the current housing shortage. As the industry is failing to do this, materials which can shorten the time it takes to build homes and make them more affordable are crucial for a true construction revolution.

Some of the benefits of these innovative materials include:

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How to Build an Eco-Friendly Tiny House

How to Build an Eco-Friendly Tiny House

Guest post by Molli McGee

Overconsumption and waste is not uncommon to see in today’s world. Take houses, for instance. A quick drive through any typical neighborhood in the United States and you’ll notice some pretty sizeable houses. Now, the chances that each family efficiently uses the space in their large home is pretty unlikely. According to the census from first quarter 2018 data, the average square footage of single-family American homes has increased to 2,641 square feet. Larger spaces not only take more energy to heat and cool, but they also produce more waste.

For those of you who haven’t heard about tiny houses, these pint-sized abodes could be the (sustainable) answer to the growing world we live in. At no more than 500 square feet, tiny homes focus on simple living without sacrificing on quality. While there are many ways to build a tiny home, there are certainly ways that are kinder to the environment than others. Let’s take a look at some tips for how to make a tiny house eco-friendly.

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The Case for Conservation-Friendly Construction

The Case for Conservation-Friendly Construction

Guest post by Roof Stores

With the population ever-growing, the construction of residential and commercial properties is encroaching more and more into wildlife habitats, affecting how animals are able to live. The expansion of urban areas is leading to 1 in 10 UK wildlife species facing extinction, and this is something that we have a responsibility to try and change.

An important focus is being placed on solutions to allow us to continue to construct and build infrastructure, whilst also allowing us to peacefully coexist with the surrounding animal species and cause as little harm as possible to their natural habitats; this shift in focus is leading to the term ‘conservation-friendly construction’.

Not only is the construction of houses changing, specific elements within buildings are being developed to further help animals. Very specific innovations, such as changing the glass in windows to a different reflective nature so that birds don’t confuse them with flying into foliage or clear sky, are becoming more advanced. This is a simple addition to any home, one which shows that conservation-friendly construction doesn’t need to take over the whole house. Instead, small touches like these can make a difference to the welfare of wildlife.

Take a look at the infographic by Roof Stores below to get a better sense of existing issues and see how conservation-friendly construction can remedy them.

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