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Type of Building Materials Will Be Going Away In The Future

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According to scientific research, there are certain construction materials that will be harmful for the environment and health such as the presence of asbestos fibers in the lungs can cause asbestosis, which impairs breathing, and numerous types of cancer. certain building materials might suddenly or gradually fade into obscurity, as demonstrated by the asbestos instance. As such, there is desire to limit the usage of materials that need a lot of energy to produce raw materials in their manufacturing. This article will show a list building materials that will be potentially banned in the future.

Health Risk

1. Formaldehyde

It produce a colourless gas that is very combustible and has a distinctively strong odour. It is used in particle board and MDF resins as well as many other industries. In addition to irritating the skin, eyes, nose, and throat at high exposure levels, formaldehyde can also contribute to some cancers.

2. PVC

PVC is frequently used in water pipes, when burned it can release harmful chemicals that is dangerous for human health.

3. Traditional insulating materials

For instance, fibreglass and mineral wool can cause indoor air pollution with formaldehyde and phenol, as well as skin and respiratory system irritation. In addition, research has linked fibreglass inhalation to a higher risk of lung cancer.

Environmental Risk

1. Chemical-based adhesives and sealants

Due to the discharge of air pollutants and even water pollution during manufacture, chemical-based adhesives and sealants can potentially have a substantial negative influence on the environment. This can also contribute to the depletion of natural resources and environmental deterioration since they are typically petroleum-based.

2. Non-recyclable metals

Due to the energy-intensive nature of steel production, it has a considerable impact on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Although steel is now often recycled, specific metals, such as steel with high amounts of alloying elements like chromium, nickel, and molybdenum, can be challenging to recycle. Thus, It is crucial to pay attention to the categorization and proper destination of the recycled steel as well as to avoid using any materials that can make the process more challenging and expensive.

3. Fiberglass reinforced plastics

The manufacture of these materials necessitates the employment of numerous chemicals, which emit highly harmful fumes and dust, and are used in roofing tiles, ornamental panels, thermal insulation systems, and electrical insulation systems. They are also not biodegradable and need a lot of energy to make, both of which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

In conclusion, despite the fact that the construction industry has a significant negative influence on the environment and even human health, architects are responsible to specify safer and more ecologically friendly building materials for its tenants. Click HERE to read more.

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