It is estimated that the building and construction industries account for up to 40% of global carbon emissions. This accounts for the emissions generated through the extraction of materials, and those pumped into the atmosphere during the process of building on site.
It does not account for the additional effects of construction including waste disposal which also play a major role in the degradation of our environment.
For the above reasons, emphasising sustainability in your building project is more urgent than ever. Whether building, refurbishing, extending or anything else, you must take sustainability into account in order to reduce your carbon footprint – and that means more than attaching some solar panels to the roof.
A truly sustainable building project takes into account the materials it uses, the manufacturing process used to create different elements of the building, their long-term viability and how much waste they produce.
Specwall uses eco-friendly building materials and a modern manufacturing process to create reusable wall panels which are a sustainable replacement for traditional materials including plasterboard and blockwork.
The precision, factory-manufactured nature of our panels means that they are cut to size and therefore produce very little waste. Furthermore, what waste there is can be recycled, and off-cuts can be re-used on site to avoid throwing them into landfill.
They can be used on new builds, major refurbishments and fit outs of major developments, making our panels a versatile and realistic alternative for any project.
Sustainability in building projects also means longevity. You can use the most sustainable building materials in the world, but if the building is demolished after a short time period then it is not sustainable.
In order to reduce the environmental impact of the materials used in your building, it is important to aim for reusability. To be a truly sustainable walling system for the long term, it should be possible to move walls around to meet evolving needs and new floorplan configurations without requiring the removal and replacement of what is there.
By being fully demountable, Specwall panels meet this condition and achieve an even greater level of sustainability than traditional alternatives such as plasterboard and blockwork which are far more wasteful and less flexible by comparison.
Specwall panels are a truly “on-site” sustainable partitioning system which is fully adaptable to new floorplate configurations and completely reusable in situ should the need occur. By creating a reduced-waste walling system, we have achieved the following:
- Less than 0.5% of waste sent to landfill
- All dust is inert and can be fully recycled
- Off-cuts reused on site as part of the construction process
- General waste compacted, all cardboard, metal and vinyl is recyclable
- All pallets are from sustainable sources
To learn more about how Specwall can support your sustainable building project, get in touch with our team today by clicking here.