Looking into Feasibility of using Locally Available Sustainable Materials for Construction Purposes
The construction industry contributes substantially to climate change and significantly alters the environment through extraction, processing, waste generation and, carbon emissions. Building materials and operations account for around 50% of all carbon emissions globally. Natural building materials were used for construction and were less damaging to the environment before advanced building technology was introduced. Material selection plays an important role in the construction industry and vital for valuing sustainability in construction for transitioning towards climate change adaptation and a low carbon economy. This study is an attempt to highlight the importance of valuing sustainability in the construction industry. This paper will look at the definitions of sustainable materials and their compliance with materials assessment criteria to determine their feasibility for use in building construction. For this purpose, a site is selected with the availability of raw materials such as a forest, sheep farms, and straw in fields. Historical and contemporary use of selected materials in that region is explored to determine their suitability for construction.
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