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What are green building materials?


In several countries around the world, its urban areas and conurbated areas are going through, for several years, an exponential growth, that implies the construction of buildings and subdivisions that, unfortunately, have contributed to global warming and massive consumption of world energy (40% of the total).


That is why, for some years, sustainable construction appeared, a more efficient and careful alternative with the planet that is carried out on three basic principles: economic, social and environmental. Together they allow the optimal development of the current population and future generations.


In this way, the public and private initiative participates in the field of sustainable construction, since the care of the planet is the responsibility of those who provide a service (industries) and the beneficiaries (the population in general); This joint work allows generating actions in favor of a better environment.


Sustainable building materials


What characterizes sustainable construction?



Some red spots that gave rise to the appearance of ecological construction were high levels of pollution, excessive waste generation, waste of electricity and waste of water, hence a change in the way they were built was necessary the cities


What characterizes sustainable construction is that in each of its processes, greener alternatives must be used, that is, from design to possible remodeling, as well as the most basic inputs, for example, windows and doors.


From this reasoning there were also changes in the way in which the raw material was manufactured to build real estate. The processes to obtain materials such as cement were adapted to new environmental needs to leave a less negative footprint on Earth.


If you want to know exactly what green building materials are, we will share with you some examples.


-Cement: sugarcane bagasse ashes began to be used to make concrete more resistant to corrosion and less polluting.


-Painting: can be manufactured with milk protein, lime, clay and mineral pigments to be biodegradable and zero toxic.


-Bricks: mining waste (totaling more than 100 million tons) has been used to make bricks that can have up to 250 years of useful life.


-Wood: must be obtained from responsible felling, using it is a natural way to keep the spaces cool during the summer or warm when it is cold.


-Cooked mud: it is a material widely used in construction because it can be recycled and serves both interior and exterior finishes.


-Polypropylene: this thermoplastic replaces PVC because it does not generate particles harmful to health and chlorine is not used to make it.


-Plastic bottles: with this waste you can make tiles, reinforced partitions and panels capable of isolating the sound.


-Land: it is a natural resource that is compacted to make walls without using concrete, only rods that give it a good reinforcement.


Green building bricks


The materials described above and, in general, all those that are destined for sustainable construction should be durable, have recycled raw material in their composition and, if possible, should be reusable. All of the above gives them another great virtue: more accessible costs.