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How Construction is Becoming Sustainable

The impact of buildings and urban planning on the environment can be profound and damaging, with so much material being used and energy consumed. However, architects and builders are starting to consider this impact and orchestrating ways to make the industry more sustainable; here’s how.

Using Recycled Materials

First and foremost, many builders are now using recycled materials to reduce their impact on natural resources as well as their carbon footprint. Sourcing high quality, but recycled, waste wood, brick and stone means that the material will not go to waste whilst still being structurally sound enough to use in construction.

Incorporating Zero Waste Into The Design

As well as utilising recycled materials, the idea of sustainability can be built into buildings from the design phase by thinking about the size of materials and ensuring that as few cuts are made as possible. By considering this important aspect before building starts, less waste material will be made and, thus, there will be less pressure on landfill sites.

Urban Farms

Urban farms are a relatively new concept, bringing agriculture and growth back into the heart of the city. Otherwise known as ‘vertical farms’, these buildings incorporate allotments as part of the external fabric of the building which means that, not only can residents have their own sustainable source of food, but they also help to improve air quality and reduce CO2.

Utilising Natural Light and Ventilation

Nearly half of all energy usage used by homeowners comes from generating light and temperature control. With that in mind, architects have begun designing buildings which utilise the elements to reduce reliance on artificial sources of light and ventilation. By using less energy, we can help reduce our impact on the environment and slowly turn the tide of climate change.

Professional Waste Management and Recycling Services in The South West

At Devon Contract Waste, we strongly believe in being sustainable and reducing our impact on the environment as much as physically possible. That’s why we endeavour to send zero waste to landfill and recycle as much of the waste we handle as possible.

To find out more, contact us today. You can find us at our headquarters at DCW Transfer Station, Thorverton Road, Matford Business Park, Exeter, EX2 8FS, call us on 01392 690 193 or email us at

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