Construction, Building and Insulation Trends

Increased Use of Biobased Materials in Construction in 2020

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.

“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.”

Robby du Toit, managing director of Sell House Fast


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Eco-friendly building materials set to be big in 2020 revealed