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Recycled materials build new future

A new variety of system-building has both practical and ecological advantages over its rivals.
Recycled materials build new future
Consisting of steel frames, wallboards and insulation materials, this high-quality building system may be used for walls, roofs or entire houses of up to three stories. Its practical advantages, stemming from the lightness and smallness of its components, include the speed and ease with which construction may be completed and the lack of need for cumbersome heavy machinery on the site.

Any contractor can quickly learn to build with it; the amount of labour required on-site is halved and, hence, contractors' financial turnover could be expected to increase considerably. Moreover, the technology employs a high proportion of recycled materials. The frames, for instance, are made from recycled steel and the wallboard sheets from recycled gypsum. This should reduce the depletion of non-renewable resources by the building industry and, at the same time, find a use for materials that would otherwise offer nothing but a disposal problem.

How attractive the resulting constructions are remains to be seen, but where speed and ease of construction is paramount this system seems to offer considerable advantages, quite apart from its environmental friendliness.
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