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4 Green Building Materials which could replace Concrete In 2020.

Green buildings are designed explicitly for architectural marvels. They reduce energy usage, water wastage, and provide appropriate ambient lighting and significant air quality inside the building. It is essential to environmental issues and the amount of pollution around the world.

Green building materials are not only sustainable but are also environment friendly and thus reduces the carbon footprint of a building. They help save energy, costs and are healthier for humans.

According to a report from C40, 30 of the most influential cities in the world has increased its greenhouse gas emissions to alarming levels.

C40 is a group of different megacities around the world committed towards prevention of pollution and dealing with issue of climate change.

The green building material market set to increase by a compound annual growth rate of 10%. This growth rate will be for the forecast period of 2016-2025. Demographically, North America has the largest market of green building materials.

The reason behind companies choosing alternatives to concrete is its impact on the environment. Concrete is considered to be the earth destroyer. As it damages the fertile lands, pollutes air, and even add to the carbon footprint. So, let’s explore some of the green building materials other than concrete.

  1. Dirt Walls:

Dirt walls of rammed earth are natural materials rammed for building construction. It’s an old world’s technique, where dirt is rammed in between wooden moulds to create building walls. The natural temperature-regulating effect of dirt walls can help you reduce energy costs. Rammed earth buildings can be highly durable.

  1. HempCrete:

Using wood for construction is not new. There are countries where you will find entire houses built on wood. HempCrete material is wooden material. Concrete like material created from the wooden fibres of hemp plants is entirely sustainable. It can help regulate temperature and reduce carbon footprints.

It is also very light-weight in nature, making it the perfect material for construction as it can reduce the amount of energy needed for transport of such materials.

  1. Recycled Plastic Concrete:

How about concrete from the plastic and trash recycled? Every year, almost 91% of plastics are not recycled, leading to a considerable amount of waste. But, concrete made from recycled plastics can not only be environment-friendly, but reliable also. Plastics do possess excellent thermal and electric insulation properties. This can undoubtedly help green buildings achieve more durability and energy-efficient design.

  1. Ferrock:

Ferrock is a carbon-neutral material that can help reduce the carbon footprint. A recently developed material that has revolutionized the construction and architecture business is made from the steel dust gathered from the steel industry to create concrete-like material. It is quite durable like steel and yet a carbon-neutral material for green buildings.


There has been rampant use of highly polluting materials in the construction of buildings. Which has led to more greenhouse gas emissions? Green buildings can certainly help corporates stop environmental damage due to such architectural projects. So, stick to these green building materials than concrete and create a low carbon-emitting construction.

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