sustainability

Incorporating Sustainability in Retaining Walls Construction

A retaining wall is an external wall constructed for the main purpose of containing a mass of earth on a slope. It is constructed to withstand the pressure from the earth that tends to slide downwards on a slope. Its design features and materials are picked to suit the load it is meant to withstand. …

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Incorporating Sustainability into Your Construction Designs Through Green Roofs

A green roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. It may also include additional layers such as a root barrier and drainage and irrigation systems. Green roofs are unique because they provide insulation, absorb rainwater, moderate temperatures, and …

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Green Buildings – Incorporating Sustainability in Construction

A green building is a high-performance property that considers and reduces its impact on the environment and human health. A green building is designed to use less energy and water to reduce the life-cycle environmental impacts. This can be achieved through better design, material selection, construction, operation, maintenance, and possible reuse. Green buildings are part …

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How Waste Plastic is being Reused in Construction

Plastic is a widely used material in various areas of life like packaging, furniture, and electronics among others. The industrial age has accelerated its use in production and manufacture. A few examples of plastics include: high-density polyethylene (HDPE), Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Polypropylene (PP), Polystyrene (PS), and the most common being Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). Due to …

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Sustainability – Using the Building’s Waste Water in your Garden

A building’s wastewater is also called domestic sewage or grey water. Domestic sewage is wastewater that originates from toilets, sinks, showers, and other fixtures in a home or office building. It typically contains human waste, food scraps, detergents, and soaps. Domestic sewage is considered to be highly contaminated and requires special treatment before it can …

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Sustainability – Adding Solar Panels to your Building

Solar energy is one of the most popular forms of renewable energy and it’s becoming more and more common for buildings to have solar panels installed. This is in response to the global demand for renewable energy sources in the face of a serious climate change crisis. Solar energy can be harnessed using solar panels …

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