Market for green-building materials to reach several billion by 2020

A report by Global Industry Analysts into the growing market for environmentally sustainable construction materials shows that in six years’ time demand will reach $529bn (£326.7bn).

Consumer concerns about the environment and government targets are both behind the drive to use more environmentally friendly substances. The fact that the cost of these materials is falling is also helping to fuel demand. In the past, the additional expense of using green construction components reportedly put many firms off. Today, however, the cheaper materials available are considered a more viable option.

The fact that many of these components contain fewer chemicals is also contributing to demand. Consumers are increasingly looking for homes that are made from materials that reduce the risk of allergies and respiratory infections.

Research has started to produce green construction products that are exceptionally strong and easy to produce, with examples including bricks made from mushrooms, hemp and straw.

There is said to be a great excitement surrounding mushroom bricks, which are made by mixing corn husks with mycelium and putting it into moulds, meaning that they can potentially made in any shape. Importantly, they only take five days to grow and set, while being exceptionally light and strong.

Architects and construction firms across the world are experimenting with these new green materials, and are increasingly using recycled products in the homes that they design and build. Architects in North Wales are amongst them, with the country embracing the idea of using reclaimed components. A number of examples have been built, including a home in Anglesey that was made completely out of used materials.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
October 2, 2014

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