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Worldwide demand for green construction materials set to soar by 2020

20 August 2013 No Comment

New research has found that the worldwide demand for green construction materials is set to more than double by 2020, according to bizjournals.com.

The data was collected by company Navigant Research, which looks at emerging technologies. The research reported that Europe is expected to be the largest of the regional markets by 2020, with the continent predicted to make up 50 per cent of demand for sustainable construction materials, according to forbes.com.

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Increasing both the growth and versatility of green building materials

The research also found that emerging production technology, research and innovation about the science behind materials is increasing the growth/versatility of green building materials.

These new technologies are said to cover all sorts of areas, such as transpired solar collectors and photovoltaics.

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As well as new technologies including thermochromic/electrochromic glass and windows, heat exchange systems and electronically-controlled drivers/motors.

Tighter standards when it comes to the energy efficiency of buildings

Innovation in the materials themselves is also re-emerging, according to Navigant Research’s senior research analyst, Eric Bloom. This includes products relating to cladding/structures, construction, cellulose insulation, lime renders/mortars, bamboo flooring and natural mineral/fibre floor coverings. These are also bio-based or quickly regenerating resources which are low in embodied energy and carbon.

Many countries are also imposing tighter standards when it comes to the energy efficiency of buildings too, which is having an effect, according to the report.

Author: Samantha Bartlett    Date Written: 20 August 2013

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