When it comes to saving money on home renovation, repurposing as a means of recycling represents one of the cleverest and most pro-like moves you can pull off. The idea behind this is quite simple – you pick building materials that are well-known for their recyclable qualities, use the structures made out of them for as long as you can, and then salvage the leftovers after the building in question had its run.
Indeed, whether it’s roofing, flooring, wall structure, or bathroom fit-outs, the materials you’re using can last you years to come – be it in their fully assembled condition, or as a scraps you can repurpose for other projects!
Now then, in this article, we’re going to talk about what materials you can use in order to make your house renovation project not only a smart one while you’re doing it, but also a potentially lucrative one down the road.
So, without further ado, here are our ‘repurposeable’ building materials!
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The future of construction could involve swarms of robots and 3D printed houses. Microalgae could help buildings generate energy and provide shade. Futuristic insulating materials could lower energy needs for buildings.
This is an exciting time to be in construction. The challenges of a growing world population and increased economic development across the world are putting an increased strain on our resources and the environment. This challenge is being met across the globe by engineers who are developing new methods of construction and perfecting materials to improve lives and help the environment.
Some of these breakthroughs are still very much in the research and development phase, while others are already starting to be used in ground-breaking projects.
Robot swarm construction methods are being developed at Harvard and could have huge implications on construction in the future. The idea for robot swarm construction actually comes from how termites are able to build their elaborate termite mounds. The beauty of swarm construction is that, rather than having different robots with specific instructions, each member of the robot swarm can combine to finish a project. In theory, this means that, should a few robots breakdown, the project should be able to be completed with minimal disruption.
The 3D printing is a little further along the line, and has even been tested in China, where the company ‘WinSun’ have built houses using this method, and by DUS architects in the Netherlands. As with robot swarm construction this method could be used, in the far future, to build on the moon and possibly even planets.
It is not just building methods that are being developed; considerable research has gone into utilising new materials. These include Microalgae, (which provides shade while producing renewable energy), Aerogel Insulation (which is as light as air and has super-insulating properties) and the ultra-strong transparent aluminium.
In the infographic below we learn more about these materials and methods and also look at some buildings that are showing the way. These include the world famous Edge Building in Amsterdam and the Crystal in London.
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LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program. From sustainable site development to indoor environmental quality—LEED focuses on building practices that support areas of human and environmental health. There are more than 68,000 LEED commercial projects in the United States and LEED certified buildings exist in more than 150 countries and territories and 6 continents.
Green buildings save money, have a positive influence on the health of occupants, and promote renewable clean energy. They also improve rental rates to 20% above average and increase selling prices.
Learn more about LEED certification and it’s benefits in detail here
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