Building with green construction material supplier and contractor is very important to get credits and be certified in Green Building Index (GBI), certifying as a Green Building in Malaysia. Green building materials suppliers and contractors in Malaysia are therefore getting more and able to lower down their costs due to increased sales, especially after GBI organization and rating tools set formed by the efforts and supports of PAM Council (Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) - Malaysian Institute of Architects).
There are a lot of wastes and unused building materials, including wooden, timber, aluminum or plastic scaffoldings, formworks and moulds used on-site and off-site construction. These materials not only can be reused for same purpose; they should also always be recycled either mixing with new contents or purely for other building materials production. The materials manufactured by these secondary elements will use lesser energy, resources to obtain and convert into new products again, compared to the primary virgin types of resources.
Of course, we must always confirm that the properties of these recycled materials have met the requirement such as strength for the intended purpose. For example, by-products from biomass power plants (or others such as coal-fired), steel production such as fly ash, slag from furnaces. Fly ash is commonly recycled into concrete; structural steel normally contains as high as 85 to 90% of recycled content.
Architects are now working towards building design which allows components to be disassemble-able and separable. By doing this, different kind of materials can be detached from each other and reused when renovation or repair is needed. It can lower down the cost of hacking, cleaning and getting new material for replacement in overall when carry out refurbishment or design modification. A very simple common example is to use undoable fastener, for example apply screws rather than nails.
When the growing speed of a certain resources for building material production is quicker than the speed we harvest it, it can be defined as sustainable harvested materials. Furthermore, when finding building materials, try to get those materials which the sources of raw materials are sustainable in harvesting. In this point, design in specification plays an important role, such as specifying wall bricks made by ash, steel bars from recycled steel.
The most well-known example is wood materials from sustainable forestry activities, as lumber is widely used for furnitures, cabinets, decking, doors, windows, scaffoldings, timbers, mould, decoration and many other building materials in construction industry. Anyhow, wood manufacturer or timber building material suppliers in Malaysia are getting more responsible to the environment from reaping the raw material, production to waste management.
Rapid Growth Materials
Having a wooden pool deck made by fast-growing tree species rather than a rare class of timber save you a lot of cost and time, opt for aluminum-based louvres instead of steel made reduce the building load and corrosion-free feature eliminate maintenance budget. Additionally, use those plants which you can harvest parts of it for your building material production without terminating its life are also important.
Getting waste from agricultural plants to convert into useful building materials are also very popular and accepted by many players in the construction industry; few very good example of those waste from agriculture such as rice husk, corn, coconut palms, rubber wood, peanut shells, sunflowers, coconut shell fibre and bagasse. They can be converted into composite board, tiles, wall, ceiling and many more.