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Natural Building Materials And Sustainability - Designer-Builder

June 30, 2020, 6:30:00 PM

From a sustainability perspective, "Natural Building Materials And Sustainability", an article written in Malayalam, explores the difference between natural and local building materials. As the global impact of climate change is intensifying day by day, many of the building materials previously used are becoming scarce. Hence, sustainability of building materials turns out to be the need of the hour.

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At the same time, many of the naturally available and local building materials may not be sustainable in the long run. Hence, it is high time we began looking for more sustainable building materials. However, we don't need to go out and find new materials; instead, we need to go back and reintroduce traditional building materials and procedures. Kerala's traditional architecture is one such example that still largely uses sustainable building materials.

This article investigates some of these sustainability lessons we can learn from the building materials, and the vernacular architecture of Kerala. We have to look beyond the life cycle assessment to find out what is sustainable and what is not. We should explore this symbiotic relationship between architecture and ecology to find an equilibrium.