REUSING BUILDING MATERIALS: A QUESTION OF COMMON SENSE?


And yet... In Belgium, in 1 year, 21,298. 516 tons of waste from the construction sector is wasted and this figure is still increasing. Also, the residential sector is one of the main sources of CO2 emissions. How did it come to this? What can be done to reduce this figure?


It is common practice, when a building is no longer up to standard or is too old, to destroy it to rebuild it again. Why is this? Because the location is more valuable... However, the consequences of this type of practice have a considerable impact on the environment:



  • Extraction of raw materials

  • Ecosystem disruption

  • Greenhouse Gas Production during Production and Supply Chain

The good news is that we can make a difference through the decisions we make at each stage of renovation or construction. Here are a few tips on how to reduce your footprint with your home!







🏡 Construction


More and more households are turning to timber construction. It has several advantages. It is a durable material that maintains the level of humidity without additional techniques, it is resistant to earthquakes and for its production, it requires 6x less energy than concrete. It's perfect, isn't it?


☀️ Energy


Opt for solar panels! In addition to having a life span of 25 years, they contribute to reducing CO2 emissions and preserving natural resources. It is possible to find subsidies to carry out your installation.

Another tip: natural gas. It emits up to 25% less CO₂ than other traditional energy sources. Note that this type of gas arrives via underground pipes and therefore causes less pollution on our roads!


💡 Isolation


Correctly executed, it prevents moisture. Whether for exterior or interior insulation, give preference to eco-responsible materials such as hemp, rock wool, wood fibre, etc.


🧽 Cleaning


Who hasn't heard of baking soda, white vinegar or lemon? You should know that there is an equally miraculous product with multiple virtues: the Blanc de Meudon. It can be used as a cleaner for silverware, windows or mirrors. In the same category, reusable cloths and home-made sponges are preferred. For example, the Tawashi, a real zero waste tool made from scraps of fabric! Not only is it economical, but cleaning ecologically is also good for your health.


🎨 Interior and exterior decoration


Opt for ecological paint because it contains 98% of ingredients of natural origin and is biodegradable, which does not risk polluting the environment. Even if its price is slightly higher, it lasts longer than ordinary paints. How do you recognise an eco paint? Just look at the box and find the Ecolabel or Ecocert label.



You will have understood that there are alternatives! This is why ECOSPOT BELGIUM wants to make things happen. This platform will propose sustainable and Belgian materials. ECOSPOT BELGIUM wants to fight against the waste of our precious resources by favouring "Made in Belgium".



In conclusion, I will end with this quote from the famous Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: "Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do"



Dawya

Founder ECOSPOT BELGIUM

www.ecospotbelgium.be


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