New high-tech materials could transform construction into a carbon-reducing industry

 

Until today, the focus of the building industry as regards sustainability has been on creating green buildings; however, this approach is about to change. According to James Drinkwater, a director at the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), the industry currently builds the equivalent of a mega-city each month, and the greenhouse gases emitted during the construction process need to be addressed. The non-profit organization Architecture 2030 is trying to turn the construction industry into a green industry by developing materials with embodied-carbon reductions in the built environment. An example of these new types of building materials is the carbon-negative concrete which either is manufactured using an injection method that captures waste CO2 from industrial processes and permanently takes it off the atmosphere it by adding it to the concrete mix, or reduces CO2 in the air during its lifetime through carbonation.

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