Indian Realty Keen To Beat Pollution With Eco-Friendly Construction Material
Dust cloud around any construction site is undoubtedly an unpleasant sight and irritant for our lungs. Not just vehicular exhaust, construction work too has been known as the major contributor to air pollution in the country. Building demolition that happens even before the construction activity begins further adds to the particulate matter count in the atmosphere. The Indian government, real estate developers and even the end-users have realised the significance of eco-friendly or green buildings, which will now define the future of the construction and realty sector.
Chairman of Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), Prem C. Jain, recently highlighted how the ancient monuments were built using locally available resources and thus made them remain in sync with the nature.
Sustainable construction is the new buzz word in Indian real estate. Industry leaders are actively exploring the suitability of new and improved building construction materials.
MakaanIQ explores the various options we have right now:
Flyash-Sand-Lime-Gypsum Bricks: Fly ash brick has evolved as a new alternative to the conventional red clay bricks. The government has already proposed for the mandatory use of this material in most cities.
Aerate Concrete Blocks: Structures built using aerated concrete blocks do not require curing and plastering. This is a lightweight, precast building material that provides insulation as well as fire and mould-resistance to the buildings. The material is a complex mixture of fly ash, cement, lime, gypsum, aluminium powder and water.
Rice Husk Ash Concrete: Rice Husk Ash (RHA) which is obtained after burning of rice husks could be a perfect admixture for producing concrete. The key feature of the material is its strength and durability.
Bamboo: Used even in the ancient times, bamboo is an ideal option for low-cost housing projects, particularly in earthquake-prone regions. Bamboo as a flooring material proves to be environment-friendly, sturdy and fire-resistant.
Recyclable Steel: Steel products, in various forms, could be applied in all projects - be it low rise or high rise buildings. Steel is a reusable material which could be used repeatedly without any degradation. Virtually no waste is generated from steel products. Construction using steel is faster, efficient and eco-friendly.
Plastic Bricks: Plastic from used bottles and bricks are melted and moulded into bricks and could be used for construction purposes. It is being used extensively in infrastructural projects and gaining popularity owing to its load-bearing capacity.
Cellular Light Weight Concrete: Major constituents include fly ash or volcanic ash and are especially known for being light weight, high thermal insulation and for its low consumption of mortar.
Bagasse Particle Board: Bagasse, which is residual pulp obtained from sugarcane is an excellent substitute for wood in particle boards, and can be used for laminated floors. It is a light material and economical.