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SUSTAINABILITY AND CIVIL CONSTRUCTION: CAN YOU WALK TOGETHER?

Civil construction is one of the activities that consumes the most natural resources and, consequently, generates several impacts to the environment. According to the statistics of the Civil Construction Union, only in the solid waste issue, the sector is responsible for generating more than half of the waste in Brazilian municipalities.

In addition to the impacts arising from the generation of waste, the consumption of materials, energy and water are factors that contribute to transforming construction in a potentially harmful activity to the environment.

New paradigms of civil construction

Looking to minimize the impacts caused, construction companies, engineers and architects have been seeking solutions in order to consolidate the paradigm of sustainable construction. For this, traditional concepts of civil construction and architecture have been revised.

The challenges for the industry are diverse and should be directed to optimize the consumption of materials and energy, reduce waste generated, preserve the natural environment and improve the built environment.

One of the solutions identified for the sector is the adoption of dry construction. It is a method in which rigid walls composed of steel and plaster profiles are shaped to structure the works. Besides allowing speed in the execution, it is one of the techniques less harmful to the environment.

Dry construction and the environment

Widely used in the United States and Europe, dry construction reached Brazil, conquering the commercial and corporate market. Due to the advantages it has, it has been gaining space in all types of works, including residential ones.

Because it is a very “clean” construction method, many construction companies have been adhering to the technique as a way of preserving the environment.

Among the advantages of dry construction, considering sustainability, it is worth noting that:

– The dry construction practically does not generate any type of rubble;

-Water consumption is greatly reduced when compared to masonry methods, for example, using it only for foundations;

– Reduces the use of cement by up to 80%, besides making possible the recycling of about 100% of its structure;

– Reduces consumption of natural raw materials by up to 90%.

For those who want more sustainable alternatives to construction, dry construction techniques can suit the needs.

Interested in this new method or with some question about how it works? Write to us for comments.

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