Building Homes : Green And Environmentally Friendly

1545 WordsMar 22, 20167 Pages
Building homes that are green and environmentally friendly has become the mantra for more and more builders and homeowners, as they discover how easy it can be to attain all the benefits of sustainable construction without sacrificing aesthetics or breaking the budget. In fact, going green often saves money, especially over a period of time, while being kinder to the environment. Decorative cement-based finishes are the perfect example of this synergy of beauty, sustainability and economy, providing a durable, low-maintenance finish that will last the life span of the building. Concrete hosts a range of stunning products that are ideally suited to clean spaces such as bathroom walls, floors, bath surrounds and vanities.( 2011 architectural finishes at spruce tree house, Rebekah Krieger) In its simplest form, concrete is a mixture of paste and aggregates, or rocks. The paste, composed of Portland cement and water, coats the surface of the fine (small) and coarse (larger) aggregates. Through a chemical reaction called hydration, the paste hardens and gains strength to form the rock-like mass known as concrete. Within this process lies the key to a remarkable trait of concrete: it’s plastic and malleable when newly mixed, strong and durable when hardened. These qualities explain why one material, concrete, can build skyscrapers, bridges, sidewalks and superhighways, house and dams. (Cement $ concrete institution) 2015) Cement, or concrete, is natural an extremely durable
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