7 trending eco-friendly construction materials

With a growing focus on eco-friendly builds, these are the material trends the experts predict will dominate 2020.

By Hugh Metcalf | 13 November 2019

Architects, engineers and construction professionals have predicted that these building materials will propel eco-builds in 2020.

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A new survey from Sell House Fast has uncovered what building industry experts believe will be the biggest trends in eco-friendly construction in the coming year.

In speaking to over 580 architects, engineers and construction (AEC) professionals, the research reveals the top 7 materials destined to define eco-builds in both the commercial and residential sectors in 2020.

1. Bamboo

69% of architects, engineers and construction professionals agreed that bamboo was the biggest eco-friendly material trend for the next year. While inexpensive and light, bamboo has impressive tensile strength that offers an alternative method to concrete and rebar construction.

2. Straw bales

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You may remember the Straw Bale house – a Grand Designs classic, in which the owners uniquely left its straw bale insulation on show to the world. As well as insulating properties, straw bales are naturally fireproof and can be used as a replacement in wall building for concrete, plaster, wood, fiberglass, stone and gypsum.

3. Timbercrete

By mixing sawdust and concrete to create timbercrete, not only are you provided with a much lighter material, but a more eco-friendly product. The sawdust replaces components within concrete that are most energy-intensive to produce.