Discover how locally sourced products boost your construction's sustainability and credibility

An essential viewpoint irrespective of the size of your construction project is to employ products or materials that are locally sourced. It is a great way to ensure that you are headed towards constructing a sustainable building and equally doing your part for environmental conservation.

However what is the concept behind a sustainable building?

It is also known as a green construction or green building.

A sustainable building clearly refers to the structure and the various processes related to it. All of these aspects are taken into consideration:

  • Site inspection
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Renovation
  • Demolition

Conclusively it is to ensure that the building will be sustainable, credible, resource-efficient and environmentally friendly throughout its entire lifespan.

Locally sourced products are classified as sustainable materials when:

  • They are manufactured locally
  • These materials are easily available and reduce the travel time during the construction process
  • They do not cause any form of adverse effect to the environment
  • With locally sourced products, travelling will be restricted to a minimum distance. Hence, there is reduction of harmful fuel or greenhouse gas emission into the atmosphere
  • The materials will be non-toxic and renewable, and therefore, it is safe for the environment
  • Ideally they will be easy to recycle and recyclable
  • On the other hand, you have to pay attention to materials like alloys and metals because they are not biodegradable and recyclable. They are more damaging to the environment

Are you planning to construct a new sustainable building? From small to big construction projects, consider these important points:

1. Locally sourced products how do you go about them? 

It is important to do your research in your local area or browse the internet for reliable suppliers dealing in sustainable materials. You need to be clear and upfront about your needs and the right materials that you require from them.
When these steps are carried out at the early stages it is certain that you will be on schedule and equally pleased with the progress and developments relating to your sustainable construction.

2. Selecting building contractors:

Conduct your research about reliable contractors who are geared towards and equally support the use of locally sourced products. You need to clearly communicate to them about the use of sustainable materials for your project. Additionally, make certain that you have mentioned about it in the contract.
Furthermore, during construction you need to ensure that your contractors do not waste these materials and do not purchase anything more than the required quantity.
Approach your local council for any form of support and questions you may have related to constructing a sustainable building. They may have relevant information about the right suppliers and contractors in your area. In addition, you could also research about architects who are highly skilled with green or environmentally-friendly construction.

3. Simplify local and recyclable materials:

You will have to be creative when employing locally sourced or sustainable products for your next construction. There are chances that you will not find the products that you need or they may not be readily available in your local stores. On that note, you will have to go high and low to find them or get it made.
Take the time and look around you for interesting ideas. Let us take an example that you are staying close to a beach. For your construction, you could consider using stones and driftwood for your building process. Creative, unique and sustainable!
On the other hand, if you are aware of a homeowner or your neighbour is renovating his home you could employ some of the waste such as their old floorboards and doors.

4. Building wisdom passed on from the early ages:

The Wattle and Daub technique it is used for making walls with the help of a composite building material. Wattle is a woven lattice made out of wooden strips. Later, it is daubed with a gluey material usually made up of a combination of clay, wet soil, sand, straw and animal dung.
Currently, in more developed areas this particular technique is employed and still receives plenty of attention. In the current age, Wattle and Daub works as a brilliant sustainable building technique.
This method has been employed for more than 6000 years. Interestingly, it is still a fundamental construction process for many people around the globe. Another fine example of sustainable building method is thatched roofing.

5. Plenty of savings!

Along with its logistical and environmental benefits locally sourced products offer a wide range of project delivery-related advantages. Additionally, it ensures that contractors, developers and architects can get access to premium products for their projects efficiently and quickly. This will help you save time, money, energy and resources.

Starting now are you planning to lower your carbon footprint?

Go for the option of using locally sourced products or materials from a manufacturing site and supplier close to your area. This way, you are also supporting your local businesses.

It is an immensely rewarding experience when you construct using locally sourced materials or products. In the future, your residential or commercial property can be an ideal example of a sustainable building. You will feel a great sense of accomplishment and pride for your achievement!

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