Net-zero Ambitions to Popularize Sustainable Construction Material Demand

  • Analysis
  • 03-December-2020

Sustainable Development practices are emerging as a way to the future for several markets. Corporate companies have started investing in R&D for more environment-friendly ideas and are consistently working towards establishing similar practices as their consumer base changes. People are gradually becoming more conscious about the products they buy, companies that make them, and the material used in making them. Such sensitivity is only expected to increase with time.

The World Council recently identified that operational emissions account for 28% of total Co2 emissions globally. It is deemed essential by many that a passive approach should be undertaken by designing buildings that are responsive to local climates and then implementing generating sustainable energies like solar, wind, and biomass.

The governments in the world are continuously developing sensitivity to environmental threats. United States of America’s recently elected President, Joe Biden, has shown interest in returning to Paris Agreement.
The UK government has, as well, committed itself towards becoming net-zero carbon by 2050. In consonance with this agenda, the UK Green Building Council has recently issued guidelines for those companies which are interested in accomplishing this task. Although the idea on paper is commendable, the reality is harder to deal with. UK’s built environment is known for 40% of its total carbon footprint, and cement is known to be the source of 10% of the world’s carbon CO2 emissions. So it will be much harder for the government to accomplish its ambitious dream of becoming net-zero carbon.

Recently, the French Government announced its thoughts on laying down laws on sustainability, wherein all new construction of public buildings will make use of at least 50% timber or any other kind of natural resources. This law is expected to be implemented by the year 2020.

 DfMA (Design for Manufacture and Assembly) is a method that improves process and cost optimization of the whole manufacturing process. It is exemplified by modular and volumetric systems for construction work and uses both light gauge steel and timber solutions. Besides Design Digitization and the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), this method will allow for increased precision and reduction of waste.

Countries like the United Kingdom and Europe are picking up Cross Laminated Timber structures as they have been found to have benefits like speed, quality, and environmental benefits. This form of structure is limited to high-rise constructions, but using wooden pile foundations that use small amounts of concrete and steel has emerged.

A shift has been seen from using Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) towards Cemfree, a carbon alternative to OPC and may help save up to 88% Co2 per project.

Sustainable Development is a resource that is essential to the world as there is no other planet for humankind to live in. So usage of Global Construction Sustainable Material will only increase with time as people grow more aware of the threat above their heads in terms of lack of resources and climate change.

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