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Renewable Materials Are the Solution Construction Needs – Redshift

Although conventional construction depends on finite resources and emits high levels of carbon, alternative, renewable materials are on the rise.

Werner Sobek AG developed the energy concept for a clinic in Eisenberg in eastern Germany. Courtesy of HG Esch, Hennef.
Werner Sobek AG developed the energy concept for a clinic in Eisenberg in eastern Germany. Courtesy of HG Esch, Hennef.
  • The construction sector is responsible for almost 40% of global carbon emissions.
  • Renewable materials can help improve the industry’s eco-friendliness, as the production of traditional materials depends on finite resources.
  • Luckily, plenty of alternative ideas for renewable materials and efficient recycling management are now available.

“Let’s focus on gray energy,” says architect and sustainability expert Werner Sobek. Gray energy is the term used to describe the primary energy required to construct a building. And when it comes to saving energy, it’s much more effective to use recyclable building materials during construction than to save energy downstream when managing the building later.

That’s why an increasing number of architects rely on renewable materials, including Sobek for a clinic in Eisenberg and Kaden+Lager architects for Skaio, Germany’s tallest wooden skyscraper.

Skaio is just 34 meters (111 feet) high. Floor-to-ceiling windows break through the light-gray cladding like honeycombs in a beehive. It won’t be long before a taller German wooden building is constructed.

But it’s not Skaio’s height that earned the building and Berlin-based architecture office the German Sustainability Award for Architecture in 2021. The building is a pioneering statement for greater sustainability in the construction sector. Not only has it been made mostly of wood—a renewable raw material increasingly described by the media as a solution for climate-positive construction—no glue was used to build it.

by Carolin Werthmann

Read on >>> Source: Redshift by Autodesk Renewable Materials Are the Solution Construction Needs

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