The impact of construction materials on the environment

The impact of construction materials on the environment is being taken into account by architecture. The mining and transportation of stone materials such as rocks, sand and some soils generate significant carbon dioxide emissions and directly contribute to global warming.

It is now necessary to raise awareness about the use and consumption of resources to achieve a positive impact on the environment and actively contribute to the mitigation of climate change. From the smallest actions and decisions to the largest actions and decisions, they all count when it comes to creating change.

Did you know that according to the United Nations, building and construction activities are responsible for 38% of all energy-related CO2 emissions?

The extraction and transportation of rock materials such as stone, arena and soil with good geotechnical properties, commonly used in all construction projects, generates significant carbon dioxide emissions and directly contributes to global warming.

Develop new methods and technologies to reduce the impact of construction materials

This situation shows the value of supporting the development of new methods and technologies in construction. According to The New Climate Economy, a flagship project of the World Resources Institute's (WRI) Global Commission on Economy and Climate, it is important to invest in sustainable buildings and infrastructure and address three key challenges facing the world: reviving global growth, meeting the Development Goals Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and reduce climate risk.

In this context and to lead the transition towards a circular and sustainable economy, Amanco Wavin recommends the use of geosynthetics in construction. Geosynthetics are versatile materials that are primarily used in many geotechnical applications. Its main objective is to optimize and change or maintain the properties of the soil.

These factors have changed the way we build sustainable infrastructure, providing innovative solutions that protect the integrity of water and soil, while reducing the use of rock and soil materials by up to 70%, thereby reducing their transportation. In addition, they allow us to reduce the emission of the carbon footprint, reduce execution times by 40%, increasing the durability of the roads for up to 15 more years and increasing the profitability of projects by 50%.

Amanco Wavin has the widest portfolio of geosynthetics (woven, non-woven geotextiles, geomembranes, geotubes and geocells, etc.) and is the largest manufacturer in Latin America, using international quality control systems, helping and promoting the development of friendly technologies. with the environment to reduce the impact of construction materials.

Energy use

On the energy side, activities related to the production and consumption of energy generate pollutants that affect the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the soil and living organisms. They also directly influence global warming, air pollution and radioactive fallout and acid rain, phenomena that seriously affect the environment.

Of course, by optimizing and reducing energy consumption, the amount of pollution generated during the construction and building process will be reduced. The resulting reduction will help save energy costs for homes, positively impacting the family economy.

One way to solve the problem of the impact of construction materials is also to improve energy efficiency. Luckily, there are products within our reach that can help reduce energy consumption and reduce polluting emissions at the same time.

"In our proposal to build healthy and sustainable environments, we commit once again to citizens and the environment in actions aimed at improving energy efficiency, through the development of sustainable products and solutions that allow us to create better performance in construction. and more resilient cities"said Víctor Guajardo, general director of Amanco Wavin Argentina regarding the impact of construction materials.

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