Build­ing ma­te­ri­als of the fu­ture - back to na­ture

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News­pa­per wood

Sorry to dis­ap­point the sci-fi junkies out there, but fu­tur­is­tic movies that por­trayed glis­ten­ing sil­ver cities filled with metal­lic build­ings might have missed the mark. The world is slowly but surely be­com­ing a more en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble place filled with nat­u­ral and re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als. So, rather than cities of sil­ver, our fu­ture will more likely con­sist of earthy me­trop­o­lises filled with nappy roof­ing and cork floor­ing.

"Glob­ally, there have been some im­pres­sive de­vel­op­ments in the sphere of eco-build­ing. South Africa it­self has seen a grow­ing de­mand for en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble prop­er­ties, par­tic­u­larly in the more up­mar­ket sec­tor, which has re­sulted in mul­ti­ple eco-es­tates pop­ping up around the coun­try," ex­plains Adrian Goslett, re­gional di­rec­tor and CEO of RE/ MAX of South­ern Africa.

For those who are plan­ning to build in the im­me­di­ate or even dis­tant fu­ture, RE/MAX of South­ern Africa has re­searched some of the top global trends in eco-build­ing that fu­ture home builders should know about:

Re­vers­ing the process of turn­ing wood into pa­per, a Nor­we­gian com­pany has created a way to turn news­pa­per back into wood. This prod­uct is created through an up­scal­ing process that lay­ers a se­ries of pa­pers to ap­pear like grains of wood. The end prod­uct can be used to cre­ate var­i­ous prod­ucts, from kitchen cup­boards to shelv­ing and other fur­ni­ture. Though not in­tended as a large scale al­ter­na­tive to wood ow­ing to its var­i­ous lim­i­ta­tions (strength and size be­ing lim­ited to the prop­er­ties of news­pa­per), it does pose a part-so­lu­tion for the amount of pa­per waste we cre­ate each year.

Goslett en­cour­ages all new de­vel­op­ers not only to con­sider the en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits, but also the fi­nan­cial re­wards of eco-build­ing. “En­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble build­ing is the way of the fu­ture. The more aware so­ci­ety be­comes, the higher the de­mand for these kinds of prop­er­ties will be. If you are plan­ning on build­ing a home, then it will be a pru­dent in­vest­ment de­ci­sion to use eco-friendly ma­te­ri­als.”

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