The potential of using plastics as a construction material in architecture



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Plastics is not entirely bad.

Based on the information from PlasticEurope since the year 2012, there’s a goal of reaching 0% plastic landfill by the year 2020. Plastic usage in building & construction is the second highest in the overall consumption, and some of the key benefits of this material include its
insultation properties
durable and water-proof
energy efficiency
An example given in the report suggests a decrease of 80% of energy consumption with the use of thermal insulation with platics and triple glazed windows.

"Plastics is not all that evil"

· Reusable architecture ·

The ratio of energy saving vs energy used in production is 233:1. 9% of greenhouse gases is saved, compared to the production of other construction materials;
16% of energy is saved, compared to the use of other insulation materials;
$2.6 billion euros are saved with the use of platic material pipes.

An environmentally adaptable architecture

Readapting the architectural concept from project 2, Harvard Design Discovery program see it here, we could tap into the idea of reusable architecture, with plastics as its main construction material.
The benefits
- durable; plastics could take decades to decay, even under soil.
- lightweight and moist resistent
- can be transluscent
- material is accessible, available and low cost

The structure like that is able to go up in the sky, down in the ocean, deep underground. A form that is almost timeless, and a material that goes against the environment, forms the living habitat.

to be continued...