Tony Hugh

20th Dec 2016



Construction goes green



Given that 50% of Britain’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the production of building materials, whilst one third of all the waste in Britain comes directly from the construction industry, it is no surprise that construction companies are looking to innovative methods for creating greener homes. In celebration of this, the team at Go Banana have scoured the world of construction looking for the most effective trends in building supplies and construction that look set to take the world by storm as we move into 2017.

Coral Roofs

These roofs feature some rather exceptional design which sees far higher solar reflectance as well as decreased thermal emittance. For those readers who lack a science degree, what this means is that they reflect more of the sun’s rays than your traditional roof and also prevent the warm or cool air from escaping through the top of a building. Impressively, this can lower the temperature of a roof by as much as 50 degrees - we know most of you are now probably shaking your head in shock and awe and wondering how you can get your hands on this phenomenal invention. But, for those of you who remain unconvinced it will dramatically decrease costs by reducing the need for air conditioning (which can notoriously expensive to run, but also emit a frustratingly annoying whirring noise.) Not only helping to save the planet, but also energy prices. That’s what we at Go Banana call a win-win.


Cellulose insulation

Insulation is important, especially in England when even in the Summer we can often suffer from cold weather. However, given that insulation has only one function: to keep the cold air out and warm air in and, especially as it is conveniently hidden from sight it doesn’t need to look particularly pretty. Which means that it can really be made from any material that performs the above job. Thankfully, some smart bod has realised this and decided to make insulation from recycled paper. The resulting product – cellulose insulation is made up of better 75 and 85% of recycled material, which is not only far more impressive than fibreglass, but is also far easier on health and builders’ hands. A fantastic innovation that we predict will be used more and more looking towards 2017.

Passive solar design

When most people think about solar design, they envision those rather futuristic looking panels sitting atop a house. Quite frankly this is not really every homeowner’s dream aesthetic. However, with passive solar design you can design your house around the sun. For example: making sure your windows are positioned to the south to capture the sun’s rays and once the heat is inside the building there are a number of ways to harness its potential to heat a home – including insulating glass and high performance windows. Similar techniques can be applied to cool your house – this passive solar design is an unobtrusive way of efficiently heating (or cooling) a building. Making a house into a more productive home.

Micro Combined heat and power

Micro combined heat and power is a relatively recent technology which generates heat and electricity at the same time, from the same energy source. This helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and homeowners are also eligible for a Feed in Terrif which will see them earn a tariff for each kWh of electricity generated by the system.

Natural stone

With a far longer life span, natural stones can prove to be phenomenally helpful in building more eco-friendly homes. Not only are they far easier to maintain, but they can also be recycled and reused. We expect to see far more natural stone used in tiles – specifically limestone over the next few years.

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