Green building industry will grow by 20 per cent in India in the next three years, mainly on account of environmental regulation and rising demand, a report said. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the outcome of the Dodge Data & Analytics World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report, in which the USGBC is a contributing partner. “The new report finds that by 2018, the green building industry in India will grow by 20 per cent – driven largely by environmental regulations and demand for healthier neighbourhoods. Therefore, green building materials become even more important.
Discussed below are 5 most sorted green building material to watch out for in 2018.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding is a building material used to cover the exterior of a building in both commercial and domestic applications. Fiber cement is a composite material made of sand, cement and cellulose fibres. Fiber cement board may come pre-painted or pre-stained or can be done so after its installation. Fiber cement siding has several benefits since it is resistant to termites, does not rot, is impact resistant, and has fireproof properties. In appearance fibre cement siding most often consists of overlapping horizontal boards, imitating wooden siding, clapboard and imitation shingles. Fiber cement siding is also manufactured in a sheet form and is used not only as cladding but is also commonly used as a soffit/eave lining and as a tile underlay on decks and in bathrooms. Fiber cement siding is not only used as an exterior siding, but it can also be utilized as a substitute for timber fascias and bargeboards in high fire areas.
Thermally modified wood
Thermally modified wood is wood that has been modified by a controlled pyrolysis process of timber being heated (> 180 °C) in the absence of oxygen inducing some chemical changes to the chemical structures of cell wall components (lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose) in the wood to increase its durability. Low oxygen content prevents the wood from burning at these high temperatures. Several different technologies are introduced using different media including nitrogen gas, steam and hot oil. The first technological approach of thermal modification processes of wood is the paper of Burmester. There are five different thermal modification processes: Thermowood (or Premium wood) in Finland, Retification process (Retiwood, New Option Wood) and Les Bois Perdure in France, Plato process in the Netherlands, and the Oil-heat treatment process in Germany (OHT-Process).
Roof shingles are a roof covering consisting of individual overlapping elements. These elements are typically flat, rectangular shapes laid in courses from the bottom edge of the roof up, with each successive course overlapping the joints below. Shingles are made of various materials such as wood, slate, flagstone, metal, plastic, and composite materials such as fibre cement and asphalt shingles. Ceramic roof tiles, which still dominate in Europe and some parts of Asia, are still usually called tiles. Roof shingles may deteriorate faster and need to repel more water than wall shingles.
In woodworking, veneer refers to thin slices of wood, usually thinner than 3 mm (1/8 inch), that typically are glued onto core panels (typically, wood, particle board or medium-density fiberboard) to produce flat panels such as doors, tops and panels for cabinets, parquet floors and parts of furniture. They are also used in marquetry. Plywood consists of three or more layers of veneer. Normally, each is glued with its grain at right angles to adjacent layers of strength. Veneer beading is a thin layer of decorative edging placed around objects, such as jewellery boxes. Veneer is also used to replace decorative papers in Wood Veneer HPL. Veneer is also a type of manufactured board.
Natural Stone Tile
Natural Stone” refers to a number of products quarried from the earth, used over many thousands of years as building materials and decorative enhancements. These products include Granite, Marble, Limestone, Travertine, Slate, Quartzite, Sandstone, Adoquin, Onyx, and others.
Above are some of the green building materials that are bound to make an impact in the coming year. Keep a tab on each of these carefully!