How to adopt the zero waste concept  for sustainable architecture

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All architectural activities are directly or indirectly dependent on the ecosystem. The construction of modern structures depends on the raw material one can find in nature. Even though some resources have been retained untapped, the available ones are sure to deplete if the dynamism rate of the infrastructure and development sector is not reduced and the use of non-renewable materials is not put in check. At Asro Arcade, the team ensures the integration of sustainable materials to maintain a feasible design scheme.

Talking about sustainable design, the new concept of ‘zero waste’ has become quite popular and is seen vividly in present construction techniques, as noted by Ar. Robin Sisodia, the founder of Asro Arcade. Everyone must be familiar with the 3Rs Rule, namely Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The utilization of this mantra in architecture has given rise to the ‘zero waste concept’. There are mechanisms found in nature that work harmoniously and continuously to reabsorb, recycle, or re-repair the already used material and waste as an input for further production.

The ‘zero waste’ concept prophesies the utilization of the waste generated from constructional activities to fuel the production of new construction materials, leading to a circular economy indeed. However, in linear economics, a product is made, utilized, and then becomes waste. In a ‘zero waste’ economy, the waste circles into becoming the raw material for production. Due to this, the relationship between the concepts of increased consumption and output becomes more efficient and sustainable. 

Even though the idea is a little far-fetched, Ar. Robin Sisodia believes that it is possible to apply it in smaller parts of the construction processes mentioned as follows:

1). Value-added Manufacturing: Value-added manufacturing refers to manufacturing new construction materials by reusing or repairing the ones previously manufactured. 

2). Cradle to Cradle manufacturing: This concept refers to materials made by mimicking human industries into the natural mechanisms for a healthier and more eco-friendly way to build. 

3). Using materials such as Glass Wool: Glass wool is a protective material produced using microscopic filaments of glass, organized utilizing a fastener into a surface like fleece. The interaction traps many little air pockets between the glass, and these tiny air pockets bring about high warm protection properties. This material is created in rolls or sections with various warm and mechanical properties. Apart from this, wood is also a great alternative.

4). Re-utilizing Furniture: It is estimated that about 10 million tonnes of furniture is wasted annually in India alone. With a large population, the demand for furniture is also steadily on the rise; and with the percentage of furniture that goes unused or is thrown away, it is simply not an environmentally friendly option. An excellent way to overcome this issue is to either reuse the furniture by selling it instead of throwing it away or developing better recycling models, retrieving the discarded furniture.

5). Glass Concrete: This type of concrete is a high-quality, durable concrete that utilizes the alkali-resistant glass fibers in the glass as a way to enhance the physical composition of the concrete.

There is a conscious increase in the use of sustainable materials. With the concept of ‘zero waste’, the construction of city structures seems to be more affordable and less taxing on the environment. With the rising growth, it is not long that there will be a substantial raw material shortage, automatically forcing one to use drastic measures to recycle and reuse the architectural waste generated. According to  Ar. Robin Sisodia, if one starts adopting these techniques today, a huge impact can be made in perceiving sustainable architecture.

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