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Enterprise Technology Review | Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Technological solutions are addressing the sustainability challenges in the construction industry.
FREMONT, CA: The construction sector has been relatively slow in incorporating modern technology. However, the leaders in the industry have realized the essence of technology as well as sustainability efforts that are increasingly becoming a part of the modern construction. The construction industry is moving towards green technology and is focusing on making buildings energy-efficient as well as sustainable. The top sustainable technologies that are contributing to the modern construction are described here.
The application of solar energy in construction can be divided into two categories: Active Solar Power and Passive Solar Power. Active solar power uses functional solar equipment to absorb the sun's radiation and provide electrical or thermal energy for usage. Thus, active solar power capability reduces the dependency on electricity or gas. Passive solar power is focused on construction designs that use sun's rays to warm houses through the strategic construction of windows and the incorporation of heat-absorbing surfaces. Thus, solar technology contributes to sustainable construction by providing clean energy for usage.
The utilization of biodegradable materials offers an eco-friendly means of achieving sustainable construction. Biodegradable products like organic paints have limited effects on the environment as they can be easily decomposed without the release of harmful by-products. The utilization of biodegradable components for walls, building foundations, and insulators also contribute to sustainable construction efforts.
Good insulation is essential to the accomplishment of an energy-efficient house. Further, proper insulation can save significant amounts of money, as well. However, conventional materials for insulation are not without negative effects, such as health hazards. Alternatively, the use of green insulation has proved to be a sustainable construction technology as it removes the requirement for high-end finishes. Green insulation utilizes old and used materials like newspaper and denim. Such insulation materials save money, raw materials as well as incur minimal health risks.
Modern construction aims to build a sustainable relationship with the environment while keeping material and cost aspects in check. Firms that invest in sustainable construction will have the edge over their counterparts.
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