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Construction Tech Review | Thursday, August 12, 2021

Besides technical innovations that encourage the sustainability and use of renewable materials in the construction sector, the millennial population is emerging as a significant driver for sustainable buildings.

FREMONT, CA: With several government regulations encouraging net-zero carbon future to avoid global temperature rise, the construction sector is on the way to design, construct and operate buildings that enhance their environmental sustainability along with the internal environment for users. The construction sector is known to cause the massive untapped potential to enhance sustainability in every component of its value chain with digitalization and advanced construction technologies. Construction firms use advanced technologies like Building Information Modelling (BIM), smart building technologies and new building materials to gain a greater maturity towards sustainability.

In the mission to revolutionize the construction sector into a sustainable sector, several renewable materials in the construction market have been identified, which hold the ability to replace the existing construction materials. The objective here is to save non-renewable resources to reap long term advantages. Construction firms are particular about introducing renewable materials in construction activities to limit the imposition of any regulations in the future. To fuel such initiatives towards sustainability, recognized organizations encourage the construction firms by awarding green building certification. The increasing trend of such recognitions has been increasing the supply of renewable material in construction.

Along with increasing awareness and restrictions, consumer awareness holds significance in promoting renewable materials in construction. Increasing consumer awareness regarding the environment is adversely impacting the demand for conventional construction materials. Consumer inclination towards renewable materials is a key factor fueling their use in the construction industry. The fact that sustainable buildings tap into this trend of eco-friendliness is making them a marker for brand recognition for firms striving to make a difference in the correlation between construction and environment.

With Green concrete technology assistance, construction firms are utilizing waste materials with recycled commodities like mining wastes, glass wastes, and burnt clay to create renewable construction materials. The outcome is a low-maintenance and long-lasting renewable material for construction called green concrete. Manufacturers create these concretes while keeping in mind the whole construction life cycle, composed of structural design, parameters, production techniques, and maintenance strategies. This concrete is highly demanded in the sector as there are no harmful emissions. Also, it makes sure that a reduction in the emission of CO2 into the environment.

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