Green con­struc­tion

Some tips for build­ing with na­ture in mind

The Covington News - - Showcase Of Homes -

Con­crete has be­come the pre­ferred build­ing ma­te­rial in North Amer­ica, es­pe­cially for Cana­dian home­own­ers who in­sist on en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and lim­it­ing the use of nat­u­ral re­sources.

The latest tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped by Nudura, for ex­am­ple, is said to pro­vide dou­ble the in­su­la­tion by con­struct­ing walls, ceil­ings and floors with pre- as­sem­bled, con­crete forms.

This in­no­va­tion ( con­sist­ing of Lego- like blocks of re­in­forced con­crete sand­wiched be­tween two lay­ers of polystyrene) is said to make the build­ing project de­sign- friendly, much faster, with less con­struc­tion waste, and with none of the toxic emis­sions as­so­ci­ated with new build­ings.

This build­ing sys­tem ( nudura. com) is now the base for con­struct­ing bet­ter homes, schools, hos­pi­tals, con­do­mini­ums, ho­tels, and of­fices. Money is saved due to dura­bil­ity and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency — and the re­sult­ing struc­ture is re­ported to be up to nine times stronger, with far more fire pro­tec­tion, far more sound in­su­la­tion, and with a po­ten­tial to re­duce en­ergy costs of up to 70 per­cent.

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