What are the real benefits of sustainable construction?
All media extol the virtues of sustainable construction and eco-construction. But what is it really about? And what kind of constructions is it really a solution for the future of our environment? Here is some information on an architecture more respectful of nature, but also more intelligent.
What is sustainable construction?
Sustainable construction has several denominations. You will see it also evoked under the terms of eco-building and green building. This mode of construction aims high-end energy performance and reduced environmental impact.
It is about actively thinking about the choice of materials, the energy used and the waste it will produce. Sustainable construction has become an essential step in dealing with global warming and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. By committing in a sustainable construction, builders select high-performance materials that do not have a negative effect on the environment. It is also essential to favor a very good thermal and acoustic insulation.
For a construction to be considered sustainable, it must meet a certain regulation and validate requirements in terms of the fight against global warming and pollution. French standards are governed by the Grenelle laws. To be certain that a construction is sustainable, it is possible to trust certain standards:
- with the BBC : Low Consumption Building is very efficient heating and cold insulation.
- HQE : High Environmental Quality is a French concept that is associated with the NF Ouvrage Démarche HQE certification. This approach reduces the impact on the environment during construction and guarantees a well-heated construction.
- ISO 15392 2008 This standard ensures that the principles of sustainable development are respected throughout the construction and life of the building.
What are the benefits of sustainable construction?
Is sustainable construction really so interesting for both our environment and our portfolio? The more years progress, the more technologies and materials become efficient. Sustainable construction is no longer in its infancy since it began some fifteen years ago. By choosing to engage in sustainable construction, you have real benefits.
A step for our environment
Sustainable construction contributes to reducing our impact on the environment. The choice of materials must be taken into account for their consequences on nature, both in terms of their production and their lifetime. They must be produced without polluting and must not pollute once they reach the end of their life.
The materials are also chosen for the proximity of the companies that produce them, their renewable aspect and the ability to recycle them. Processes that use these materials are also more sustainable, favoring renewable energies and the economy of natural resources. It is also necessary to take into consideration the position of the building, the land on which it is built and the exhibition it enjoys. Thus, it is a question of using the heat of the sun to the maximum and to protect a facade very exposed to the cold and the wind.
And for the inhabitants or occupants of sustainable buildings?
Sustainable construction is a real breakthrough for building occupants. The environment is much healthier because non-polluting materials do not emit dust or harmful gases. The air quality inside is much better.
Sustainable buildings are also more comfortable, with a very good sound insulation that guarantees calm and serenity. You also benefit from optimal thermal insulation to reduce energy consumption for heating and to offer pleasant ambient heat in all rooms. Energy bills are a real advantage of this type of construction. The savings do not go up in smoke with poorly regulated heating or heating the outside of the house.
Healthier materials and better insulators
The new thinking about our way of life and construction came up against materials that had become too polluting or were not efficient enough to guarantee good insulation. Raw material manufacturers have therefore come up with new materials that meet the demanding standards of sustainable construction. The insulation of a building is a pillar of well-being in a home.
This is one of the strong points of sustainable construction. It is live more in harmony with the environment without making the choice of a more precarious life. The selected materials are better ventilated, healthier and keep both the heat in winter and the freshness on hot days. By choosing smarter materials, you greatly reduce your energy consumption and do not need as much heat.
Materials are better insulators and sustainable construction provides a more natural heat thanks to the sun's rays or geothermal energy. Fossil energies are no longer at the center of our constructions. On sustainable construction, the materials are designed to use the insulating power of the air. Thus, they are often hollow to form a natural barrier against cold and heat. The material that uses the insulation of the air thus offers real thermal and acoustic performances.
The sustainable house, a global and harmonious project
Sustainable construction is an approach that must be comprehensive. The procedures and decision-making must correspond to the requirements of the environmental standards. By choosing local materials and builders, we reinvent the network of the territory. Local craftsmen are made to work and materials do not cross the world anymore to get to the construction site.
It is a fairly complex process, but one that offers real satisfaction and brings more lasting comfort. It is possible that the budget of your building envelope is more important than for a traditional construction. However, be aware that the durable good is profitable at the end of 5 at 10 years thanks to energy savings and less maintenance in the long term.