3 sustainable construction trends

3 sustainable construction trends

Sustainable building practices are becoming more important than ever before. With the heightened awareness of climate change and pollution, many more people are looking for more sustainable construction methods, whether for their own homes or public services like roads.

Thankfully, with the abundance of emerging technologies and a better understanding of what makes buildings greener, there are many promising trends in the world of sustainable construction. Here are some of the best emerging green building trends for 2021 and the new year.

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Using biodegradable, recycled, recyclable and renewable materials

This is perhaps one of the most important innovations for building design and construction that has been made in recent years. The entire premise of sustainable construction hinges on the idea of reducing the impact of building on the environment. This can mean using less harmful materials or more energy-efficient practices.

Ultimately, ensuring that as many materials as possible either come from a sustainable source or can be disposed of safely is one of the most effective ways of reducing the environmental toll of construction. Many people are now choosing to use natural paints, recycled steel, clay bricks and wood to create new buildings.

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Zero energy and zero water buildings

Many people are now trying to ensure that their buildings are as close to self-sufficient as possible. This might mean using energy production methods like solar panels, wind turbines, fuel cells and bio-fuels to provide electricity to buildings. These sustainable power sources are making buildings with net-zero energy consumption a reality.

Similarly, there’s a growing trend towards net-zero water usage in construction at present. Buildings that are built for this purpose use water consumption management systems to reduce wastage where possible. Additionally, buildings are now being created with strategies to capture rainwater, waterless toilets, grey-water recycling and on-site sewage treatment to reduce water usage.

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Retrofitting outdated solutions

One trend in construction that doesn’t apply solely to new builds is the growing popularity of green retrofits in older homes. Many companies like Arup now offer services to help people create new and sustainable building designs. However, these building designs can also be used to retrofit older buildings where green construction techniques were not considered.

This is an exciting facet of sustainable construction, as for most people, the idea of building an entirely new property using green techniques is unattainable. However, since sustainable retrofits are growing in popularity, anyone can renovate their home using environmentally friendly practices and materials.

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Conclusion

In summary, these are three of the biggest trends in sustainable design and construction that started to emerge this year. With the constant pressure to develop greener practices and regular innovations regarding building materials, sustainable construction seems set to increase in popularity at the end of the year and into 2022 and beyond. There’s still a long way to go to reduce humanity’s impact on the planet. Still, the emergence of greener and more sustainable construction practices is an encouraging sign of adaptation to the changing climate and weather conditions.

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Benefits of eco-friendly pest control services

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Most home-owners and tenants out there have experienced pest infestations at one point or another and we all know just how frightening and annoying a pest infestation can be. Not to mention the potentially extreme health concerns pests can impose on our overall health; from allergies to more serious respiratory conditions.

With that said, whether you’re attempting to tackle a full-on infestation, or you’ve made eye contact with a roach while reaching for a midnight snack in the kitchen, some forms of pest control are inhumane and terrible for the environment.

For this reason, it’s generally best to always opt for eco-friendly pest control solutions which you can find at https://www.biotechtermiteandpest.com/. If you aren’t too sure why you should prioritise eco-friendly pest control solutions over tried & tested traditional methods, we’ve listed some of the top-rated benefits to help you make an informed decision.

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Your pets will be safe

The poisons that are used to mitigate rats, mice, roaches and even termite infestations are not suitable for use around household pets. If you want to keep your pets safe from these poisons, eco-friendly solutions are your only option. Your pets could either consume the poison or eat a rodent or pest that has ingested the poison. Unfortunately, in both these scenarios, the results will likely be fatal for your pet.

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Your everyday health

If you’re using dangerous commercial poisons to keep pests at bay or to get rid of an infestation from your home, you’ll be routinely inhaling these poisons in tiny doses. The poisons will negatively impact the air quality in and around your home. This can be detrimental to individuals with respiratory conditions, such as asthma and COPD, and allergies.

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Avoid inhumane traps

Even though you don’t want pests residing in your home and causing expensive damage to your property, you also don’t want to harm these pests as they all serve crucial functions within the ecosystem and the world around us. As creepy as rats and mice can be, we shouldn’t kill them with inhumane traps. And when it comes to the more adorable range of rodents, such as raccoons and squirrels, there’s no doubt you’d prefer to use humane solutions to keep them out of your home.

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Protect the environment

The most prominent reason to rely on eco-friendly pest control solutions is to do your bit towards saving the planet. Killing certain pests will hinder the population, which can have adverse effects on everyone. And using harmful poisons can contribute to a larger carbon footprint and cause soil erosion, air pollution and other issues that we don’t want.

Instead of relying on the traditional means of controlling pests, eco-friendly solutions are safe, effective and harmless to the health of you, your family and your pets. Making a slight change to how you mitigate pests will have a more significant, positive impact on the environment, as every small step towards a more sustainable future count. Once you adopt eco-friendly pest control measures, you should also consider making other minor changes, such as switching to natural cleaning products, to consider the environment.

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Best eco-friendly heating solutions for your home

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Giving consideration to the ongoing global environmental crisis, a growing number of home-owners and tenants alike are searching for affordable and practical ways to support saving our planet. While some methods of transforming your home into a more eco-friendly living space are unaffordable and financially out of reach for most of us, every little bit helps. There are an equal number of affordable solutions out there to be far more sustainable. So, if you’re searching for eco-friendly heating solutions for your home without harming the environment this winter, we’ve listed some for you.

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Traditional wood fireplace

A traditional wood fireplace is one of the most environmentally friendly heating solutions out there, as you won’t be using electricity to heat your home. However, you should also consider eco-friendly firewood if you want to take things up a notch. You can find fireplace services at https://protechchimney.com/.

These services will help with installation, maintenance and even cleaning. Having a fireplace in your home as a heating option will lower your power bill this winter and save the planet at the same time. So even though the initial installation might be a bit pricey, it will definitely pay off in the long run.

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Energy-efficient wall panels

Suppose you’re not entirely keen on the idea of installing a fireplace or have other reasons why a fireplace is not a suitable option for you. Then you could consider energy-efficient wall panels to heat your home. Although the energy-efficient status means they won’t use as much as regular bar heaters, they do use electricity. What’s more, if you have solar panels, your energy-efficient wall panels can ultimately be run on renewable power as well.

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Carpeting and extra insulation

You won’t be able to keep your home warm inside if the heat is constantly escaping through crevices and cold floors are counteracting the heat. So, installing carpeting or purchasing a few affordable area rugs is a great solution that won’t harm the environment and keep your heating bill low. In addition, replacing or adding insulation to your home is essential. You should focus on areas such as the attic to keep your home economically heated throughout the winter.

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Energy-efficient windows

Not all windowpanes are made the same. Some are regular glass panels, and others are energy efficient. The energy-efficient option might be a bit more pricey, although the end result will remain pretty affordable. These window panels will keep heat inside your home during winter, trapping in natural heat from the sun and heating from within your home. It would help if you also considered investigating your windows to keep heat inside.

Other great options to heat your home include keeping doors and windows shut during the winter. Your heating solutions won’t work as well if heat is constantly escaping from the space that you’re trying to warm. With that said, you should avoid options such as gas heaters, as they aren’t great for your health, and they’ll affect the environment even though they’re more affordable to use than regular electricity.

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Price Points: Refillable deodorants

Refillable deodorants

We’ve been using the same brand of aluminium free deodorant for about a decade now; however, with a growing awareness of the amount of plastic and non-recyclable materials that pass through our hands, we want to make positive changes where possible.

Refillable deodorants allow you to purchase the initial case – whether made from recycled plastic or aluminium – and then simply buy the deodorant to pop into it. Seeing as we already use stick deodorants, those are the ones that we’re going to feature here. However, there are also a range of refillable sprays on the market.

Many of the refillable deodorants available can be had as either a one off purchase or as a subscription service. Usually, the latter allows you to pause, restart and cancel the subscription to suit your needs.

I’ve already bought myself an amber & sandalwood Salt of the Earth stick – I’ll report back after my current, old one runs out!

  • Fussy
    Subscribe & Save: Case + 3 refills. Skip/cancel at any time = £15.00
    One-time purchase: Case + 2 refills = £18.00
    5 case colours and 5 scents from which to choose. Free delivery on all orders
  • Salt of the Earth
    Sticks, sprays, roll ons, balms crystals (the stick and spray versions are the ones that can be refilled)
    10 scents from which to choose (1 being unscented)
    Initial Combo Set of a stick + 1 refill = £17.99 (free postage)
    The bottle is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic
  • Wild
    Subscribe & Save: Get your Wild case + first refill for £12
    Flexible Subscription: Receive 3 refills every 2, 3 or 4 months (flexible) for just £5 per refill.
    One off purchase of £25.00 which includes a case and 3 refills or The Full Monty which consists of a case and 5 refills for £32.00.
    11 sent and 6 case colours. Cases are made of aluminium. Free delivery on all orders. Get a free case here

    For every deodorant we sell, we will contribute a percentage of sales to our chosen climate charity ‘On A Mission’, to support their incredible reforestation projects.

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Salt of the Earth deodorant combi set
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How sustainable modern homes are taking over the world

How sustainable modern homes are taking over the world

In the last 20 years, there’s been a push from government and public sectors for more sustainable options. It’s a trend that won’t go away, due to the current climate issues facing the planet, but also because more consumers are demanding sustainable options.

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More available than ever

It’s only recently that sustainable modern homes have become a possibility. American homes are often mass built, following the same construction techniques and floor plans.

Due to technological advancements and discoveries, as well as government initiatives to go green, new homes are now expected to be more sustainable than ever. The construction market has become innovative, leading to new materials, systems and furnishings that are better for the planet, as well as better drainage systems and low-emission and energy-efficient equipment.

Often, building sustainably is cheaper than traditional building, due to the new green construction products flooding the market and competing against each other. It started with lighting, changing from traditional bulbs to more energy-efficient LEDs. Now, everything from home appliances to insulation is available from companies with a sustainability focus.

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Sustainable construction saves long-term costs

Older buildings often lack modern construction technology, such as efficient thermal insulation, roofing innovations and advanced water filters.

Homes built with sustainable materials such as tilt-up wall construction help home-owners save money on energy and reduce the need for heating. Not only can sustainable building innovations save money on energy bills, but also use less natural resources.

Modern sustainability technology can also help you use less water. New builds sometimes incorporate efficient filtration systems and systems that require less water for flushing and other activities.

In Utah, Benloch Ranch offer a range of planned community homes that are built with sustainability in mind. They have protective policies surrounding wildlife preservation, conservation of plants and vegetation and efficient use of natural resources like water.

They not only believe in looking after the environment when constructing; they also know that new homes require unique designs to offer something bespoke to buyers. They understand that they need to coexist with the local ecosystem. This is evident in their storm water management systems, fire-breaks and focus on reduction of noise and light pollution.

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Improvement in life quality

Sustainable homes are also made with more natural, less toxic, materials. Older buildings can unintentionally emit invisible fumes and toxins that can wreak havoc on people’s bodies and overall health. That’s not the case with green construction.

As well as being designed with healthier materials that last longer, green homes are generally designed to allow natural sunlight through. Sunlight is crucial to quality of life as it supplies humans with vitamin D, which is essential for good health. Sustainable modern homes are also designed with the climate in mind, meaning less harmful waste and chemicals are involved in their construction. Plus, windows that let in natural light allow you to take in more natural views, helping boost your mood, morale and life quality.

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Price Points: Recycled ocean plastic products

Recycled ocean plastic products

I read a shocking prediction a while ago; by 2050, there’ll be more plastic than fish (by weight) in the world’s oceans. Even though the claim can’t truly be verifiable, it’s still a massively worrying statistic.

Each time we’ve been to the beach recently, I’ve cleared up bits of plastic that have washed up on the tides. It’s mainly been colourful nylon rope that escaped overboard from boats. However, there’s also been no end of drinks bottles & lids, disposable cups and carrier bags. And what about all the micro-plastics that we can’t see?

Currently, salvaged and recycled ocean plastic is being turned into fashion & footwear, jewellery, eyewear, toys, furniture, homewares… and plastic bottles. So we’re slowly trying to ‘turn the tide’, so to speak. We’ve picked out three products that stood out to us.

  1. Nomadix ultralight travel towel: £33.13, Amazon

    We use post-consumer recycled materials to make revolutionary new products. Part of living with less means using what you already have. You never waste a thing. With so much plastic waste floating in our oceans and trashing our communities, we’ve committed to using post-consumer recycled materials for everything we make. And since our fibers are designed to dry quickly and resist bacteria that cause towel funk, you can wash less and save precious water. Through years of research and development into turning recycled plastics into durable and versatile fibers, developing responsible manufacturing practices, avoiding harmful dyes that waste and pollute our water, we protect the world we love.

  2. Time for Oceans watches: £119.00 each, Triwa

    The world’s first collection of colourful statement watches made completely from recycled ocean plastic, designed to highlight the critical health of the oceans and generate money for a continuous ocean clean-up.

  3. Seaqual eco luxury mattress, king size (150x200cm): £349.00

    The Seaqual Eco Luxury mattress is a quality, low carbon footprint mattress with a medium feel. Featuring a Seaqual fabric cover made from certified and traceable upcycled marine plastic. Seaqual have partnered with over 400 fishing boats who between them retrieve a ton of plastic a day out of the ocean, which is recycled into high quality, sustainable polyester fibres. The mattress features a 10cm low carbon eco foam base, this high density supportive base is completely recycled, preventing mattresses from going to landfill helping to create a cleaner more sustainable future. All the foam in the product can also be ultimately recycled.

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Nomadix ultralight travel towel
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£33.13
Seaqual eco luxury mattress, king size (150x200cm)
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£349.00
‘Time for Oceans’ watches
‘Time for Oceans’ watches
£119.00 each
Nomadix ultralight travel towel
Nomadix ultralight travel towel
£33.13
Seaqual eco luxury mattress, king size (150x200cm)
Seaqual eco luxury mattress, king size (150x200cm)
£349.00
‘Time for Oceans’ watches
‘Time for Oceans’ watches
£119.00 each
Nomadix ultralight travel towel
Nomadix ultralight travel towel
£33.13
Seaqual eco luxury mattress, king size (150x200cm)
Seaqual eco luxury mattress, king size (150x200cm)
£349.00
‘Time for Oceans’ watches
‘Time for Oceans’ watches
£119.00 each
Nomadix ultralight travel towel
Nomadix ultralight travel towel
£33.13
Seaqual eco luxury mattress, king size (150x200cm)
Seaqual eco luxury mattress, king size (150x200cm)
£349.00
‘Time for Oceans’ watches
‘Time for Oceans’ watches
£119.00 each
Nomadix ultralight travel towel
Nomadix ultralight travel towel
£33.13

Looking to make your home office environmentally friendly? Here are few easy tips

Looking to make your home office environmentally friendly? Here are few easy tips

While a lot of things are getting back to something resembling normality out there, many of us know that we’ll be working from home for a while longer yet. Over the last year or so we’ve all made a big effort to make sure we have a home office set-up that actually works for us. We’ve left the kitchen table behind and invested in a desk chair that won’t ruin our back. But we’re also always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, which means that our home office should be more than efficient; it should be green. Here are three ideas to help you create an environmentally friendly home work space.

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Make sure you’re making the most of natural light

This point is a lot easier in the summer as we start to enjoy longer, brighter days, but you should aim to be working in a well-lit space all year round. Sunlight is not only a great booster for your mental health, but it will also cut down on the amount of electricity you’re using. So, if you’ve squirrelled yourself away in a quiet spare room that sits in darkness most of the day, think about relocating to somewhere brighter. Your mood and your energy bills will thank you.

Energy-efficient light bulbs

Use energy-efficient light bulbs

Of course, using natural lighting isn’t always an option and we are all familiar with those long evenings spent trying to complete a project ahead of a deadline. When you’re burning the midnight oil, make sure to use energy-efficient light bulbs. These days, it’s easier than ever to make the environmentally friendly choice, and LED bulbs are significantly kinder on the climate and your energy bill. These LED bulbs with e27 socket are far more energy efficient than their incandescent or halogen counterparts, and there are dimmable options available too. Any-Lamp has an amazing range of bulbs to suit your lighting needs.

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Don’t forget to recycle

As we went wild on the online shopping over the last year, it has been easier than ever to let some of our good environmental habits slide. However, it’s easy enough to turn that car around, and it starts with getting some good habits going. Investing in separate waste bins for recyclable and non-recyclable goods is a classic first step, but what about repurposing and reusing? Think twice before throwing anything away and ask yourself if your rubbish could have a second life.

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Power down properly

When you’re rushed off your feet, it’s easy to forget simple actions that make a big difference. For example, switching your office appliances off at the wall at the end of the day has a real impact on the amount of energy they use. However, there are a couple of other tricks of which you may not be aware. If you have a screensaver on your computer, switch it off and ensure that your machine is going to hibernation mode. Newer appliances should come with energy-saving modes so make sure that you use them. These steps may seem small, but their impact is anything but.

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