How a building innovation saved 400,000 trees | Technology and innovation in construction

Civil construction is largely responsible for the environmental impact. Each year, tons of materials are extracted from nature to manufacture the inputs that will be used in the construction of new buildings. The sector is responsible for 30% to 40% of carbon dioxide emissions, in addition to being the sector that generates the most waste.

But with the advancement of technology in recent decades, the scenario has changed dramatically. New technologies and materials are used in building construction without compromising the environment.

One such innovation is Steel Framing, a dry building system, which has become popular in Brazil. This technology allows to reduce construction time and environmental impacts.

About 16% of the water withdrawn from rivers and aquifers for human use is used in civil construction. With the modification of habits, consumers are becoming more aware of sustainability. Industries and construction companies are increasingly turning to dry construction, with an emphasis on light steel structures.

This masonry system saves up to 90% more water than masonry, where only water is used for its foundation. The materials used in the system are less aggressive to the environment and most of them can be recycled.

It also reduces wastage of materials, because its inputs are manufactured, it has standard uniformity, so that it is easily calculated, avoiding large returns.

Conventional construction has an average of 25% waste. This means that a quarter of what was invested in the business literally ended up in the trash. LSF is in the range of 5% to 2% of waste.

Since 2015, Espaço Smart has been following the sales of homes in light steel structures made by the company and the impacts they no longer have on the environment.

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The water not used in these constructions is a major contribution to nature. It is in line with the efficient use of water resources since the planning of the project, since in the future we may face serious problems of water shortage if we do not change our procedures.

Waste generated by civil construction has a significant impact on the environment and society, and this sector is very important in achieving sustainability. Thus, with Steel Framing, Espaço Smart and its customers have produced no more than 140 thousand tons of waste, which contributes to the balance of the ecosystem.

But the most influential data is the number of trees preserved from felling, more than 400,000 units. They are essential to the environment, regulate air humidity, prevent corrosion and are responsible for the oxygen we breathe.

Steel frame structures are very effective in the task of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, which is the main responsible for the greenhouse effect. Building in this system results in five times less CO2 emissions.

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Steel can be reused countless times without losing quality and avoiding raw material extraction, and today it is the most recycled material in the world. In steel, materials that contain recycled raw materials are also used in the manufacturing process, such as PET wool for which PET bottles are used.

The system produces clean work (no lumps, no waste, no litter) on the construction site, no debris build-up, no buckets with less material movement. This waste issue is handled carefully, because it produces a high cost of assembly. In addition to the need for places to dispose of the rubble, the financial losses of the person who acquired the materials that were not used, among other things.

One of the biggest challenges in civil construction is building by reducing the amount of materials, and Steel Framing has that difference. Due to the industrialization of the system, there is greater rationalization of inputs and efficiency of work.

Sustainability should be treated as a priority in construction, not just a differentiation. Concern for environmental impact is increasingly relevant and must be present at all stages of work.

Espaço Smart has been included in this context since its inception, always striving for excellence, efficiency and sustainability in the products and solutions offered. So, The company has become a reference in sustainable construction in Brazil.

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