I am student of chemical engineering with passionate interest in energy sustainability and environmental conservation.
How Can We Make Buildings Better?
One major system that helps curb the amount of Carbon (iv) oxide (CO2) in the environment is the trees and plants around us through the process of photosynthesis. Therefore this same mechanism can be simulated to reduce CO2 emissions from buildings. How?
Paper waste abounds quantitatively around us and to my upmost surprise, this same waste can be used to solve a major problem of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from building. Instead of allowing waste paper to decay in landfills and also emits GHG such as methane and CO2, it can be shredded, mixed with different chemicals and recycled to make cellulose. This rich-carbon cellulose can be used as cellulose insulation for buildings to effectively trap carbon dioxide from escaping into the environment.
In addition, wood will play a significant role in mitigating climate change, by trapping carbon from escaping as long as it remains in the building. Therefore wood and wood-based products should be employed in the building industry.
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