Bamboo, straw bales and timbercrete are among the ‘eco-friendly’ building materials that will increasingly be used in construction projects next year, according to a recent survey.
Sell House Fast asked 582 architects, engineers and construction (AEC) professionals to identify the eco-friendly building materials they expect will increasingly be used in the construction of both commercial and non-commercial property developments in 2020.
The majority of those surveyed (74%) believe there will be an increase in the use of bamboo over the course of 2020, while 69% expected to see straw bales increasingly incorporated in property development projects. The use of timbercrete, a mix of sawdust and concrete, is expected to increase by 61% if the AEC professionals surveyed.
In addition, 56% expect to see an increase in the use of recycled plastics; 47% expect to see an increase in the use of recycled composite material, Ferrock; 44% expect to see an increase in the use of the bio-composite, hempcrete; and 38% expect to see an increase in the use of cork.
Robby du Toit, managing director of Sell House Fast, said: “The property industry is more eco-conscious than ever before. This has led to a surge in the innovation and development of eco-friendly building materials. As professionals become better acquainted with the properties and benefits of different eco-friendly building materials, their adoption rate in construction projects can expect to see a positive increase. This research certainly highlights the eco-friendly building materials that will have a big impact in 2020.”