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As many of the speakers at the 2019 Design Indaba mentioned, more sustainable buildings and designs are becoming the focus for many practitioners in the architectural and engineering industries. Given the current environmental challenges and global climate crisis, the building and creation of spaces should always be considered from the perspective of reducing their environmental impact. Unfortunately, this process is still very slow.

More and more ‘green buildings’ are popping up every day, making use of energy-efficient systems such as solar panels, wind turbines, rainwater collection systems and composting toilets.

Finding environmentally-friendly building materials for these buildings used to be rather difficult. Things have, however, changed for the better as a result of the significant amount of research that has gone into the subject.

Scientists have, for example, recently developed a ‘transparent wood’ that could one day replace building materials such as plastic or glass.

Read more about the recent advances in sustainable building materials in the full article here.