Myth vs fact about sustainable construction

Myth vs fact about sustainable construction

Let’s pick up the most prevalent myths about sustainable construction and explain why you should put them to rest.

Myth #1: Sustainable construction is more expensive

This one is the most widespread one of all. In actual fact, sustainable solutions can improve logistics, building speed, and reduce the use of materials, making the construction process more profitable. Energy efficiency and stormwater management also lower future expenses, increasing resale value.

See: Busting a myth: sustainability increases construction costs

Myth #2: Sustainable products are unavailable

Yes, we are accustomed to using concrete, metal, and EPS, but does this mean sustainable alternatives are hard to come by? Geoplast products are easily accessible worldwide for buying or renting – contact our consulting team any time for more detailed information.

See: Contacts, Rent formwork

Myth #3: Sustainable products are not suitable for every project

Off-grid cabins may have been the archetype of sustainable construction once, but things have changed a great deal since. Today we have solutions for improving the sustainability of different parts of the building and types of projects, foundations to roof, large or small.

See: New Elevetor is suitable for any kind of project

Myth #4: Sustainability is about solar panels

It is a common misconception that sustainable construction can be dealt with after the building is finished, by placing a few solar panels on the roof. On the contrary, we have and should use solutions that deal with various aspects of construction: material saving, worksite productivity, transportation, installation, waste reduction, etc.

See: Geoplast product versatility – more benefits from each product

Myth #5: Sustainable buildings take longer to build

People often think sustainable construction is more complicated and takes longer to build. The truth is just the opposite. Due to their lightness and stackability, our sustainable solutions require less transport, storage space, and on-site machinery, speeding up the building process.

See: Geotub: build columns 44 % faster

Myth #6: Sustainable construction requires special worker skills

Another myth is that sustainable solutions require special or expert skills to install. In fact, with innovative design and reduced weight, they can be easily installed by anyone, without any instructions, by inexperienced workers.

See: Watch how easy it is to install: Aquabox basin in Punta Ala

Myth #7: Rating systems are difficult to achieve

Not at all. Joining the LEED rating system is easy. Each sustainable product carries a specific number of points for addressing environmental issues. You collect the points to be awarded a specific level of certification: Certified (40-49 points), Silver (50-59), Gold (60-79, or Platinum (80+).

See: Geopanel LEED, LEED rating system

Myth #8: It is a passing trend

This one is the falsest one of all. There is no way around the climate crisis and the same goes for sustainable construction – it is here to stay and will soon be the ONLY way to build.

Contact us to make your projects more sustainable.