The future’s green

Green buildings, i.e. those which use water, energy or building materials in as efficient a way as possible, are continuing to prove a popular style for building, maintaining and remodelling property in the UK, as well as the wider global community.

For instance, in Australia scientists are currently trialling a carbon capture system that turns carbon emission into green building material!

A little closer to home and building professionals across the north east are recognising the importance of incorporating sustainable material in their work. Recently-opened projects in Durham such as the Rivergreen Centre and Palatine Centre at Durham University, have both been built to a green specification.

Whilst the initial costs of installation may be higher, once sustainability has been achieved the costs will absorb the initial outlay or, in the majority of cases, prove even lower than had the work not been done.

A great example of this can be found in solar panels or in the use of ETFE plastic, currently used on projects as diverse as the Eden project at Cornwall and the Pavilion at Alnwick Castle.

With the government setting a target of 4 million homes in the UK powered by sunlight by 2020 it’s a technology that we can’t afford to ignore and one we’ll be looking into in greater detail in future posts.

Ironically the move towards green buildings, seen by many as a modern, forward-thinking initiative, actually incorporates the use of a lot of traditional building materials such as timber structures, lime renders and natural mineral coverings.

Here at Hodgson Sayers we have long embraced the use of natural and quickly regenerating technology. We have invested heavily in green roof landscaping and can deliver it in any specifically designed system, from recreational gardens and parks to simple low maintenance environmental greening and bio-diverse, ecological solutions.

Another example of our use of natural products comes in the recycled natural slate we use in our pitched roofing projects, which actually originated in the mid-19th century!

We will be looking more at this fascinating area of building practice in our next posts but in the mean time we’d like to hear your thoughts….what impact has sustainable building had on your business?