When garbage becomes a useful building material
By Adnan Tazvir
In the previous era, everything that was unnecessary was thrown away. But now, for the sake of science, all the unnecessary things used to preserve the limited resources of the world and the environment are now being tried and planned.
In this effort, some people in Europe show how to recycle construction materials, millions of tons of rubbish all over the world. But it is possible to make new construction materials from that waste. Unnecessary plastic bottles, discarded tetra packs, ripped jeans, pants and potato peels have been used as wall and insulation materials for such flats.
Not only that, experimentally, many more discarded materials have been recycled in this flat. Since people already live there, it will be possible to understand the materials’ effectiveness very quickly. Some students have started living there for a few months.
Demetrius Anglesos is one of the students living there. “It’s good to be in an exceptional environment,” he said. Because here garbage has been used as raw material. Nothing is lacking in this flat and there are many additional benefits of protecting the natural environment.
In today’s era, it is becoming an expensive material to build garbage. As an expert, Enrico Marquez describes the process as “urban mining.” Almost everything in this flat is recycled. They can also be recycled in the future, which will impact waste prevention and environmental protection.
As the Innovation Manager, Enrico Marquez, reminded, “We all need to keep in mind that the world’s resources are minimal. There is not much left to extract copper, sand, etc.
We are moving towards a situation where there will not be too much left and the withdrawal will be risky. So we need a real solution. That is possible only through an economy based on recycling.
For example, by processing the house’s carpet, it can be made as a brand new carpet. As a result, instead of buying it, you have to rent it because the manufacturer will take it back and build it again. In this way, most of the materials have the opportunity to be renewed so that it is possible to reform or create something new with them, and the old needs will be met.
However, to keep the recycling of materials going, a major change in construction method has to be brought. “From the beginning, the goal is to build a building in such a way that the materials used in the construction can be separated and reused,” said Enrico Marquez.
That is, instead of attaching them firmly, the parts will be attached or fixed with screws or glue. Just two people can open an entire house with a cordless screwdriver.
A tiny bronze object once adorned a bank, which, like many other valuables, had to be thrown in the rubbish heap if it was damaged. An online shop in Switzerland sells part of a broken building.
As an architect, Olivier de Pero is the founder of that platform. “The government allows the demolition of 3,000 to 4,000 buildings a year in Switzerland,” he said. In other words, more than ten houses are demolished in the country every working day. And the broken parts can be seen clearly. The building, which was completely renovated only ten years ago, was also declared to be demolished.
Is that normal? How justified is it to proceed in this way?
There is a massive potential for this recycling plan. But still, a handful of construction materials are recycled. In addition to storage problems, this solution needs to be made acceptable to the construction industry.