The drive to cut carbon emissions in the construction sector means sustainable new build projects are on the increase. Paul Richards, Managing Director of Aquarian Cladding, explains how terracotta cladding is proving an increasingly popular option when it comes to using environmentally friendly products.
According to the UK Green Building Council, the construction industry uses more than 400 million tonnes of material a year, much of which has an adverse impact on the environment.
As a result, managing and reducing the carbon footprint in the industry is becoming hugely important and, as a vital part of the sector, the building products industry has an increasingly important part to play.
Sustainable construction and building in a more environmentally friendly way is now a fundamental consideration that must be addressed by every forward-thinking architect, building contractor and building owner.
Aquarian Cladding have been supplying cladding systems to the UK for almost 12 years, but recently terracotta cladding has played an increasingly important role. Terracotta cladding is proving to be an increasingly popular choice for architects and contractors as an environmentally friendly cladding solution when it comes to sustainable new build projects.
As a 100% natural material composed of clay and fired at high temperatures, terracotta is durable, recyclable, and is fast and easy to apply. Its excellent resistance to extreme temperatures, weather and corrosion mean that terracotta cladding maintains an unchanged high-value appearance for many, many years. It is also robust, recyclable, sustainable and UV-stable, and is a material that’s easy to care for and maintenance-free.
Terracotta is suitable for use in both traditional and contemporary buildings and has proven to outperform alternative cladding systems for durability. It is another big tick in the box for terracotta cladding as an alternative cladding solution.
After the combustible cladding ban for all new schools, hospitals, care homes and residential buildings in England above 18m following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, terracotta cladding is proving a perfect non-combustible cladding solution for high-rises.
It also gives buildings an outstanding aesthetic appearance with lasting vibrancy of colour and excellent resistance to water penetration, making it a reliable and adaptable façade too.
Building sustainable and eco-friendly homes could be the contributing factor to reducing the worlds carbon footprint, and terracotta is set to play a big part in that and take the construction industry by storm.