Monday, 17 April 2017

The top 5 eco-friendly construction materials used in India - Landstar

On the note of contributing to the betterment of Mother Nature we have initiated many acts and adapted many methods, one such highlight recently was the usage of green building material in the construction of buildings. To begin with, start with your home. Using green building materials is the easiest way to make it sustainable. So here's a list of top five products made of components that are renewable and highly environmentally friendly –

Fly ash bricks
I know we are hearing this name for the first time, the fly ash bricks or commonly known as FAB converts the industrial waste into an effective building material. This is a unique product that uses minimum energy in its manufacturing process and the bricks come in uniform shapes and different sizes. It is light-weight, has higher strength, minimum breakage during transportation and most of all offers high resistance to sound. Interestingly the FAB has low levels of water absorption and is a good thermal insulator which makes the job easier for electricians and plumbers as chiseling can be done with ease. FAB is widely used for load bearing walls and can result in providing better finishes with even surfaces.

Autoclaved aerated concrete
Autoclaved aerated concrete also known as ‘AAC’ is a type of fly ash that is combined with cement, lime and water and an aerating agent. The AAC is usually produced as blocks and panels. It also belongs to the approved eco-friendly building material category that holds its roots from industrial waste and is made from non-toxic ingredients. The advantage with AAC is that your construction process can be about 20 percent faster.
The weight of AAC is only about 50 percent of a standard concrete block and it possesses high thermal insulation and is acoustics-friendly. Using AAC can cut down costs by about 2.5 percent for buildings such as schools and hospitals and also reduce the running costs of hotel and office buildings up to 30 to 40 percent over time.

Compressed earth blocks
Compressed earth blocks have been around the corner for a long time and are made from clay, sand, and cement. They are all biodegradable and can be made locally from any soil with a proportional mix of ingredients like sand and cement. This offers fire resistance and is also sound proof. However, the building cost can go down by 15 percent or sometimes even more.

The Insulite
Insulate is a unique green roofing material with a base from silica obtained from industrial waste and processed using a unique formula containing fibrous polymer liquid. It is complete science!
This permanent roof insulation material is comparatively cost effective, lightweight and also has a wide area of applications. The thermal conductivity levels are 10 to 12 times lesser compared to normal brick bat reducing the heat transmission by close to 20-40 percent. Most of all it can be used in semi-urban or rural areas where it can keep termite and rodent away. Insulite is easy to apply and takes close to four times lesser time compared to brickbats.

Particle boards
The particle boards are commonly used as a material for flooring, roofing and even furniture. In the past few years, they have replaced solid wood as building material. Particle boards are more economical than solid wood, these ‘green’ particle boards can help reduce building costs to a great extent. They are available in the thickness range of 2mm to 6mm. They also have low moisture absorption, high internal bonding, and dimensional stability.

So isn’t it time that you adapt to green building materials and save nature. To know more about advancements in the building sector, stay connected to our weekly blogs on