The iconic architecture at The Eden Project in Cornwall has made headlines around the world. But it is perhaps how the buildings were made that has been of the greatest interest.
Alongside visionary architects, engineers and suppliers, lots of choices about materials and designs were made to keep the environmental impact of the buildings as low as possible.
Ethically sourced materials, low energy designs and renewable features have all been incorporated into transforming the disused china clay pit. Elsewhere in the world of construction, concrete remains a core component and has been for many years. The time perhaps has come for change. This blog looks at innovative sustainable ideas suitable for construction projects.
Constructing with sustainable materials is not only good for the planet and helps to preserve our heritage, but surprisingly it can save money too.
A sustainable material is one that:
In practice, both of these objectives are impossible to achieve, but they do show us the direction in which we should be travelling.
We can preserve natural resources in innovative ways such as:
But, taking it to a completely different level, sustainable construction at Eden has included the following:
In addition, we can reduce the impact that construction materials have on the environment by:
Change never happens overnight. But small considerations lead to big advancements and, by embracing a new way of thinking, we can all help create a piece of paradise.