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Why you should be using sustainable materials in your next project

Sustainability is often used to describe things that are built to last and that don’t destroy our natural resources. In modern
architecture sustainability is key.

We have compiled a guide below on why you should be using
sustainable materials in your next project.

It’s sustainable!
What more would you want for a development project, than for your building to last a lifetime? Using sustainable building materials also means lower maintenance costs and repairs.

Here are some ideas of sustainable materials:

  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Solar panels
  • Concrete flooring and walls
  • Cork flooring
  • Metal roofing
  • Reclaimed wood

You’ll notice that most of these sustainable materials are also environmentally friendly – so it helps make the earth a little greener too!

Save money and conserve energy
Using sustainable materials helps to keep the bills down and saves energy in the long-run.

You save on the bills with features like solar panels or by low-flow toilets.

Sustainable materials result in less waste materials going to landfill.

Again, you get to save money and help keep the world green.

It’s healthy!
It’s true! Sustainable materials tend to use fewer toxins and volatile compounds. These can range from natural wool carpeting and laminates that don’t use toxic glues.

Buy locally
Local products are sustainable as they eliminate much of the cost and energy consumption that goes in to transporting goods all over the globe.

You also get to give back to the community. It helps you save money and you are supporting a local manufacturer – these can range from local timber yards to quarries. Everyone wins!

Improved resale value
Some research would suggest that properties built with sustainable materials tend to sell for a higher price compared to other properties in the same market – and much faster! Buyers will be interested in the money saving materials that are
incorporated into the development.

Sustainable styles in abundance
You get complete free reign over the overall design of your development. Reclaimed wood beams can be utilised and exposed for a rustic country feel. You can polish cement floors for that modern appeal as well as being designed to last. Building with sustainable materials allows you to express yourself creatively, as well as allowing you the option to be more environmentally friendly.

What will your next project be?
Contact MSA here for a free consultation today

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