The construction industry has been regarded for many years as one of the most expensive and least efficient industries; the materials used to build build houses, the machinery used for demolition and the materials needed to be transported to the site all have a large carbon footprint. More recently, and in South Africa in particular, the construction industry has begun to catch on to the need for more sustainable building practices, leading to the emergence of new and more sustainable building materials.
As consumers became more eco-conscious and more young people entered the housing market, demand for eco-friendly homes and buildings increased. This has contributed to the development of different styles of dwellings, everything from sandbag houses to houses constructed of bamboo and straw bales is now entirely feasible housing options that are much more affordable than conventional homes.
At 4 Everdeck, we looked into the rising popularity of South Africa's new eco-friendly building materials and how this might change the types of homes people live in in the future.
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