Eco Friendly Construction - Bold New Trends For The Coming Year


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Eco Friendly Construction - Bold New Trends For The Coming Year

  1. 1. Eco Friendly Construction - Bold New Trends ForThe Coming YearIn many areas of business and industry, eco-friendliness is becoming aprimary concern. Even construction firms now strive to come up with waysto reduce their carbon footprints and curtail the damage to the environmentcaused by their products and/or processes. Traditional constructionmethods and materials are widely being discarded in favor of moreenvironmentally-friendly options, and the trend is expected to continue inthe coming years. Heres a look at some of the more promising eco-friendlytrends in the construction industry.Solar energyAn increasing number of structures constructed today have solar energypanels installed on the roof. This trend is expected to continue as more andmore homeowners demand alternative energy sources. In addition to beingless harmful to the environment, solar energy fixtures will also help reduceenergy costs.Bamboo flooringThe eco-friendly approach will inform the choice of flooring materials aswell, and bamboo is fast becoming a popular option. A durable and widelyavailable material, bamboo is expected to be a mainstay of home andbusiness construction in the coming years.Recycled materialsAlthough recycled and recyclable materials have long been used in theconstruction industry, this usage is expected to increase as time goes on.For an increasing number of people, eco-friendliness also extends to thematerials used, and recycled materials are fast becoming a popular option.Energy efficient processesEco-friendliness is expected to increase with regard to processes as well.While there will be a continued focus on constructing eco-friendlystructures, many builders will look toward making the construction processitself as environmentally-friendly as possible.Smaller structures
  2. 2. The trend toward sprawling homes and towering structures over the pastseveral years is expected to give way to the construction of smallerstructures. Aside from requiring less space and fewer materials, suchstructures will also have reduced energy requirements, making them evenbetter suited to eco-friendly applications.Green roofingEven roofing materials and processes will be increasingly informed by eco-friendly principles. As with flooring materials, many companies are nowlooking for alternatives that are just as effective, but will have reducednegative impact on the environment.Natural lightingDesigns in which rooms are separated by walls will become less common.Already seen in many recent home and office designs, open floor plans willreduce lighting and power demands in new structures.Increased emphasis on the “green” standardEco-friendly practices haven’t always been readily accepted in theconstruction industry, but this is quickly changing. Along with the growingrealization of construction’s role in contributing to a more environmentfriendly industry, consumer demands will necessitate a shift towardsproviding more eco-friendly options. Some construction companies thathave previously been resistant towards such changes may even adopt eco-friendliness as a primary approach.More efficient heating and coolingReducing energy consumption has always been a priority in the industry–particularly with regard to cooling and heating concerns–and morecompanies will provide more eco-friendly options in this specific area.Again this will be the result of continued interest in reducing constructionand maintain costs, as well as increased consumer demand.Increased use of natural resourcesMore and more designs will feature stone as a primary component. Alreadya popular option in many areas of the industry, stone will play an increasingrole in construction due to its widespread availability, comparatively lowcost, and reduced environmental impact.Economy-friendliness in even the small aspects of construction
  3. 3. While most construction projects today are undertaken with some degree ofconsideration to the eco-friendliness of materials and processes, there willbe a noticeable shift toward making such concerns the primary guidingprinciple. It is expected that eco-friendliness will be considered in nearly allaspects of the business, even in less crucial areas such as painting andfixtures.Availability of more eco-friendly optionsIt wasn’t so long ago that eco-friendly options were unavailable in even thelargest construction depots and home supply emporiums. While mostpeople would have had to turn to smaller specialty outlets for their needs,even the bigger chains now offer several eco-friendly alternatives totraditional construction materials. This trend is expected to continue wellinto the coming years, heralding a noticeable shift toward a more eco-friendly industry in general.These are only some of the areas of the construction industry wherein eco-friendliness will become a prominent feature. Various other areas of thebusiness will likely adopt a more eco-friendly approach, and it is definitelyworth considering for any future construction projects.