A new report has found that building materials produced using recycled construction machinery can be as good or better than the material that was made using conventional methods.
A recent report by researchers at the University of Melbourne found that the recycled machinery used in building was more environmentally friendly, but also had higher environmental and health impacts.
“The main goal of the research was to look at the environmental and social impacts of recycled building materials in a way that would allow for them to be used more widely and be used for new and innovative products,” said study co-author Professor Peter Tse from the University’s Department of Geography and the Environment.
“One of the challenges is that a lot of recycled materials are already widely available, but there’s been a lot more focus on making them sustainable,” he said.
“We were looking at what could be made with recycled machinery, and what could also be made, and found that these materials are more environmentally benign than conventional materials.”
The researchers tested a range of recycled construction materials and found a range in terms of environmental impact and social impact, and one in particular stood out as being particularly well suited for making a range with a range at the same price point.
“These materials are particularly good at being recycled because they can be used in a range from single-use containers to large-scale manufacturing, but we’ve found that they also have the potential to be reused,” Professor Tse said.
The researchers found that each of the recycled construction components had a distinct environmental and sustainability profile, with the largest impact on the planet.
The study used a combination of environmental, social and health considerations to determine which materials would be the most suitable for use as building materials.
“In the first phase of our study, we tested materials from four different companies, and they all had different environmental and societal impacts,” Professor Michael E. Smith from the Australian National University said.”[The] largest impact of each product was to be the amount of waste produced.”
It’s very important to remember that recycled materials like construction machinery are more expensive to produce than traditional materials, so it’s not necessarily a huge cost savings to make the materials recyclable.
“To make the findings more concrete, Professor Smith and his colleagues compared the environmental impact of materials from different industries to the impact of those from a different industry.
The results showed that the material from the two industries that had the highest environmental impact was cement, followed by brick, brickboard and concrete.
Professor Smith said the study was the first to analyse the sustainability of building materials from a recycling perspective, and he said the findings were particularly relevant to the global market for building materials that had been made using traditional manufacturing methods.”
Our results indicate that materials from recycled equipment can be better at being used in different applications and for different products, and that these results have significant implications for the sustainability and use of building material in the future,” he explained.
The research was published in the journal Sustainable Engineering.