THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CAN REALLY MAKE A BIG POSITIVE
DIFFERENCE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT – IF THE WILL IS PRESENT !
OUR MAIN MOTIVATION FOR MAKING NEW CONSTRUCTION TASKS LESS ENVIRONMENTALLY DAMAGING
Once again, international climate scientists have shouted loudly. By the end of 2017, and this time on such a large scale that more than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries desperately appealed to all the world's politicians, in a letter entitled "Warning of Humanity."
All the environmental pressures to which the planet is exposed, if we follow the current course at the current pace, will lead to such a great strengthening of climate change that the balance in the future will not be restored, which will have fatal consequences for humanity.
This underlines to us with unprecedented clarity that we humans have now reached the point of our evolution on earth, that we no longer have
advice to ignore the importance of any action to reduce our consumption of irreplaceable resources, or limit energy consumption wherever possible.
By clicking on the green themed lines below you can read more about why the construction sector has such a responsibility to contribute maximally, to a lower environmental impact, on all fronts – and how easy this step will be in this sector, compared to several other industries.
We hope that the current information/situation will bring us closer to cooperation – then we will do our utmost to ensure that you can build yourselves to a great environmental benefit in the future.
Building properly sustainably is not complicated today and does not have to be much more expensive. On the other hand, it offers great opportunities also from an investment point of view and the "train" has only just started.
So we hope you will be part of the "tour" and – whether you are a major investor, property developer, or a smaller developer – will spend some time reading the following description which highlights the most important areas where it may be possible to make an effort.
Every new building has such a negative environmental impact – that if measured, no one would be in any doubt that the focus should be on performing the construction as environmentally and sustainably as possible.
Do you know where this focus should be? Or we're going to do it.
It has long been a known fact that the building stock in Denmark is responsible for 40% of the country's total energy consumption.
So over the past decade or more, the term "sustainability" has been used extensively and in quite a few cases unfortunately also somewhat abused.
Many materials manufacturers have ridden along to the "wave" to simply make walls and windows thicker and thicker in the pursuit of, for example, the creation of a new surface. to insulate themselves to lower and lower energy consumption.
The energy saving for heating when new buildings were put into use was what gave the environmental profile and the new generation of div. products were called increasingly "sustainable".
What is also remarkable is that the term has been used, although the product in question has been quite heavily consuming during manufacture.
The 3 main and neglected areas where traditional new buildings cause unnecessarily high environmental pressures.
Unfortunately, it is a fact that despite Denmark's "green profile", which is known in many places around the world, the construction sector is not nearly as characterized by using green solutions as is possible. As a result, all the parties involved, both building investors and Denmark as a country, are missing out on great earning potential both in terms of economy and health by not investing in complete sustainable construction.
When building with components composed of as many natural materials as possible that are not treated with any chemical substances at all, it cannot fail to have a positive effect on the people who later stay in the building.
In this way, a load on the future working environment can be easily avoided and even with very little – or completely without mechanical ventilation, although it is very rarely these solutions are in demand.
Similarly, attention has been less than existing to the fact that a significant proportion of the environmental impact of new buildings occurs even before the building is put into service.
We refer here to the three very large areas where new building is environmentally conges, in addition to the most common focus, namely the tangible consumption of; heat & electricity.
The 3 very large areas that not many builders think about where a new building is environmentally burdened, from the start of construction to the demolition are these:
The energy consumption in the manufacture of many modern building components is not at all insignificant.
The need for the extraction of mineral products is still high, especially as these are only to a limited extent recyclable and often this is again quite energy intensive.
Although a construction component is called "sustainable" compared to previous generations of the same product, it can still be filled with chemical and, in the long term, harmful raw materials that can strain the interior environment, no matter how much mechanical ventilation is integrated into a building. Much research has shown the risk of, for example, endocrine disruptors in div. building materials and the possible cause of asthma or allergies.
Why can it only be possible to build sustainably in the future?
A truly sustainable building investment is also sustainable for the environment and not just "sustainable" for the investor's wallet.
Do you have the will to build a building where close to 100% of all materials can be recycled once the building needs to be removed?
This is almost ly unsert monetaryly fea ly possible with any of the buildings in the Danish building stock today. If you have the will, we have the options and the solution...
Although we have referred to the high environmental impact of a building, not least during the actual manufacture of the building parts,
as well as during the construction of the building, it is an equally thought-provoking fact that the conversions and demolitions of the buildings in Denmark create over 30% of all the waste that is collected annually.
Moreover, this waste load stands out from other waste because, for the vast majority, construction waste in particular cannot generate heat and is at the same time one of the most difficult waste to recycle. The reason is that in many situations it is important to separate it into usable fractions – and where it succeeds, it can still be quite difficult to reuse in construction, but can often only be used as a limited fill for completely different purposes.
Our building concept promotes the use of almost 100% recyclable materials. In other words, almost no waste production from the construction phase and even the possibility of recycling almost all materials at the much later dismantling of the building.
Building with traditional materials inevitably entails some of the disadvantages that we have mentioned above.
However, instead of placing undue strain on our environment, by continuing with traditional construction methods, it has never been easier to implement the completely sustainable products (and in the next few years it will certainly be even simpler and even cheaper).
Moreover, in many projects, it may already prove to be a better investment. We are happy to help you/ you further along the sensible path...
Due to the above conditions, we are absolutely convinced that the construction industry can become one of the most significant sectors where a large environmental impact can be reduced faster and more – than is possible in so many other industries.
For example, making the entire transport sector pollution-free requires solving major technological challenges, both in terms of trucks, ships and aircraft, the task is somewhat more demanding than it was just with electric cars. But in the construction industry, virtually all technical solutions exist today, so that every builder can have an almost 100% healthy and sustainable building, if only these solutions are required every time a building is booked – then this change of attitude can make a really big difference.
This is precisely why we at Atrium Architects – believe that it cannot be quick enough to implement, to a much greater extent, the revolutionary improvements that can lead to a significant reduction in resource and energy consumption in the construction of any new building.
Furthermore, if we see this mission in the big picture, we are also thinking not only in relation to the lifestyle of Europeans, but also in any U- and I-countries where more sustainable activities can be introduced with environmental benefits – then it is just about getting started there as well.
All houses are made of a combination of recycklet and upcycklet building materials all without chemical harmful substances. All materials and constructions are made breathable and recyclable. Windows utilize passive solar heating for both natural ventilation and room heating, and the houses are heated primarily with either solar panels, solar cells, geothermal or heat pump. The houses are modularly designed for simple installation and dismantling and suitable for automated production (Robot technology).