Reuse of Waste Materials for Construction Purposes |Sustainable Development
Reuse of materials is an efficient way to reduce the use of of energy intensive materials. Instead of discarding tonnes and tonnes of wastes from the factories and homes, some part of it could be used for creative construction. This will help in achieving “Waste reduction” and help us move one step forward towards the sustainable environment.
Our prime goal is to, “Sustain the Sustainable”.
In this article, we are going to discuss some of the examples that I came across while conducting a research on the Utilization of Waste Materials for Innovative constructions.
Construction of Bottle Houses
Bottle houses sounds weird, isn’t it? When I read about the construction of Bottle Houses, i was really amazed with the thought of utilising discarded glass bottles for such an innovative purpose. A new distinct style of constructing walls with glass bottles of 1L capacity as masonry units and uses cement, stucco, plaster, adobe for the binding purposes resulting in the construction of beautiful stained glass like wall.
Construction of Compound walls using Rubber tyres
The compound walls have been constructed using discarded rubber tyres of the cars. The grooves in the tyres provide the necessary adhesion. In this case, the rubber tyres serve as masonry units and cement and adobe are used for the binding purposes.
In this case, aesthetic factor is a little neglected but I would say, the tyre compound wall itself would look so ornamented and out of the world.
Chandigarh is a beautifully planned city by Le Corbusier. The Rock Garden in Chandigarh has been designed by using natural and recycled or waste materials.
Various shapes and sizes of the rocks have been used for the steps and the walls. The defective sockets and switchboards that have been discarded from the factory have been used for cladding purposes.
Broken tiles have been used for the cladding of floors and side walls.