Designing and building structures that are more energy efficient, and have beauty that will last a lifetime, is getting easier and more affordable, thanks to the development of a wide variety of new building materials. Sustainability is thankfully becoming more and more important to countertop makers.
Materials used in the construction of a building have a direct impact on its energy consumption. The thickness of window glass and roofing insulation, and the type of material used for flooring, walls and exterior surfaces, all contribute to the integrity of the building, and affect the sustainability and future maintenance.
Here are a few examples of innovations that may make you rethink your approach your next building or remodeling project:
- Glass blocks that generate renewable energy
- Lighting systems with solar tubes
- Bricks made of pine and olive ash material
- Ultra-compact surfaces