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Environmentally
responsible construction

Choosing more sustainable building materials

High-tech solutions

  • Using photovoltaic tiles in the roof of a building so that electricity can be generated in daylight.
  • Putting transparent photovoltaic cells over windows so that some electricity can be generated in daylight but light can still pass through the windows.
  • Designing air-conditioning systems that recycle air in a building to save heating fresh air.
  • Creating surfaces that don't need to be cleaned with products.
  • Using waterborne adhesives and paints means harmful organic solvents are avoided.
  • Using paints that contain glass bubbles to reflect the heat from the sun if that is required.

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