The European Union (EU) is highly promoting Eco-innovation and sustainable development. In the recent years, its policies put a great emphasis on these concepts and their implementation by businesses in member-states. Here are some short examples of companies in Europe that manage to make use of traditional materials and be Eco-innovative.
The EU says that we talk about Eco-innovation when business meets the environment. Nowadays, it is very important for a business to know how to use traditional, natural materials.
The following two firms are supported by the European Union’s Competitiveness and Innovation Programme.
Eco-innovation is highly appreciated by the EU.
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Ecococon, a firm from Lithuania, builds houses from straw panels. The straw bales are placed between wooden frames and can be plastered just as traditional bricks would be.
Using this type of material has a lot of advantages: the buildings can be constructed rapidly – about 200 square feet in only two days, with just a few people -; it is low-budget and cost-effective; it does not require heavy, expensive power tools, but the houses can be made by craftsmen with simple tools; the materials can be reused if you decide to dismantle the building. More to it, these constructions are long- lasting, as an Ecococon representatives say: A well-built straw house can be used for decades or centuries.
The Inspire Bradford Business Park was opened in 2012 and consists of buildings made entirely of straw. Modecell, a British company, was in charge of constructing the two buildings of 2,800 square meters. These straw buildings are home for a wide range of offices, workshops and various facilities.
This business park is said to be the largest construction buildings in Europe, made entirely of straw. Furthermore, Modecell managed to develop excellent energy efficient buildings relying only on principles for sustainable development.
We think that 100% straw buildings are an eco-innovation in the construction industry. What do you think?
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