Sydney's construction industry, much like in the rest of Australia, continues to face challenges. The need for durable and reliable construction materials is one such challenge. However, many manufacturers and designers of construction products continue to experiment and innovate, ensuring that there’s always a steady supply of materials for those that need them. For instance, commercial builders in Sydney can now choose from several types of building materials, both traditional and new. This has ensured that such builders can continue to erect beautiful homes and buildings. Aside from the aesthetics of these materials, their sustainability also makes them good options for trying out new interior designs.
What are Sustainable Materials and Their Impact?
Depending on the construction needs and other such factors, commercial builders now have access to the following materials:
1) Exo Tec Vero
This material is used as building cladding, offering the classic ‘concrete look’ without itself being concrete. Exo Tec Tero provides structural stability like few other cladding materials can. Additionally, it is also non-combustible featuring a finely sanded texture. If you need cladding that offers a low-tone hue, the gray ones are ideal. Exo Tec Vero panels usually come factory-sealed, ensuring water resistance and durability.
In addition to being non-combustible, Exo Tec Vero is also resistant to rot due to termites and moisture damage.
Some commercial builders may choose to use Exo Tec Vero as a combination with other materials like metal and white render. This is especially important for aesthetic purposes because this combination can make a building surface blend with its natural surroundings. Given that clients can be big on such details as building appearance, Exo Tec Vero ensures that builders can deliver for such clients.
Timber is great for several types of construction projects. While it has always been the go-to material for things like window frames, an increasing number of commercial construction ventures now rely on its benefits to provide both structural and aesthetic benefits.
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is one such type that many builders are turning to when looking to create high-quality wooden floors or things like ornate mantelpieces.
CLT usually consists of at least 3 layers of lumber. Each layer is oriented perpendicular to the other. This has a significant effect on the timber’s physical properties (anisotropy). Among the timber’s physical properties that tend to improve due to such perpendicular arrangements include span capability and tensile strength. This makes CLT ideal for roofs and floors given that these areas tend to experience a lot of stresses.
Eucalyptus nitens is the primary source of the kind of timber used in CLT. In addition to offering design flexibility, CLT also has the following benefits:
-Being lightweight: Being lighter than traditional building materials, it can be used for foundation design, meaning less material.
-Thermal insulation: The various layers of wood that make up CLT help with a building’s energy efficiency.
-Prefabrication: CLT can be made before being transported to a construction site. This means erecting a building or a particular structure becomes quicker.
-Strength and Stiffness: The perpendicular layering of the individual wooden sheaths helps ensure this.
All these properties make timber (and CLT) a very attractive option for builders in Sydney.
This eco-friendly material is now popular with many commercial builders, offering more options for designing and installing facades, decking, or other decorative applications. Futurewood is especially good for decorations in harsh climates like in Sydney and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), offering a low-cost option to timber.
Being resistant to termites, fire, and water damage also means that Futurewood helps improve energy efficiency when used for a building’s interior surfaces.
Insulation for Better Energy Efficiency
Insulation is now a key consideration for just about any modern structure, whether residential or commercial. Of course, emphasis is also placed on the eco-friendliness of such insulation materials. The more recyclable or biodegradable they are, the better.
Commercial builders looking for a more reliable insulation material that combines strength with qualities like good soundproofing can consider Durra panels. Primarily manufactured from rice and wheat straw, Durra panels are as eco-friendly as they come, requiring no additives or other manufacturing processes that could add toxic elements to them. Being very recyclable, durra panels are now a favorite choice for internal walls, ceilings, and flooring of buildings.
For builders and building owners that are strong believers in the green movement, Durra panels are one of the most ideal insulation materials. Once a building’s lifespan has come to pass, its Durra panels can be mulched down and used to enrich the soil.
The Importance of Interiors
The products used in interior design can have a noticeable impact on a building’s inhabitants. While sustainability is also a key concern, the materials with which surfaces like kitchen counters are lined have to strike a balance among different factors like functionality, durability, and the inhabitants’ well-being.
Personal spaces play a crucial role in people’s lives, impacting mood and productivity. From the amount of space available to the quality of the materials used for the different surfaces, these can all contribute toward an individual’s overall well-being (or not). Sustainable materials used for lining walls and other interior surfaces of a building should be not only appealing but also free from any potential harm.
Glass in particular can lead to the production of minute dust particles during its recycling. The idea is to ensure that such particles are not a health risk. For instance, a binding agent can be added to any recycled glass. This ensures that any dust particles produced during subsequent recycling processes are structurally amorphous instead of crystalline, with the former being more eco-friendly and having less risk of being breathed in. Using such glass (or similar eco-friendly materials) for interior building surfaces is seen as part of a wider effort to promote sustainability.
Contact Konnect Building Solutions
If you’d like to have eco-friendly and sustainable materials during any phase of your building’s construction, our team at Konnect Building Solutions. With years of experience helping clients in Sydney and beyond, you can count on us to help you realize your ideal building. Reach out to us here https://www.konnectbuilding.com.au/.
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Eco-friendly Construction Practices and Commercial Builders in Sydney
Konnect Building Solutions is located at Bardwell Park, Sydney, NSW, 2207. From Sydney Airport, Terminal 1 International (SYD), get on M5 in Arncliffe from Arrival Ct and Marsh St and continue head southwest on Arrival Ct. Merge onto Cooks River Ave then keep right to stay on Cooks River Ave. After that continue onto Marsh St and turn left to merge onto M5 toward Port Botany/Sydney. Then take M1 to Falcon St in North Sydney. Take the Falcon St exit from M1 and Merge onto M5. After that continue onto M1 and keep left to stay on M1. Take 3 lanes right to stay on M1 and use the left lane to merge onto Falcon St toward Crows Nest. Then drive to Miller St and use the left lane to merge onto Falcon St. Finally turn left onto Miller St and Konnect Building Solutions will be on your side.
We are open Monday to Friday from 09:00–17:00, and Saturday from 09:00-12:00 .
For additional questions, you can call us at (402) 658-244.
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