Building a case for the environment

Nick Myall
Monday 10 Jul 2017

A revolutionary construction system that can create robust high-quality buildings with drastic reductions in environmental impact, build-times and costs will be showcased at this October’s UK Construction Week

Biohm is a research and development led company that places biological systems at the heart of its inspiration to promote a healthier and more sustainable built-environment. They achieve this by focussing on their product, Triagomy, as well as consultation services and research. Biohm’s philosophy is to allow nature to lead innovation and create systems that benefit the human, the environment and the economy. An interdisciplinary approach is adopted, which places biological systems at the heart of the company’s inspiration and combines ideologies of the circular economy and Human-Centred Design with the latest technologies, materials and manufacturing methods.

Biohm are currently developing a revolutionary construction system, known as Triagomy, which will be introduced and showcased at stand B340 of The Build Show at UK Construction Week. It can create robust high-quality buildings with drastic reductions in the environmental impact, build-times and costs. With the absence of binding materials and permanent fasteners, the system allows buildings to be deconstructed at any stage of their life to be reconfigured or moved to different locations; eliminating demolition and making extensions, downsizing and end-of-life recycling and re-use a much easier process.

The global construction industry has consumed over half of the earth’s natural resources and contributed to over 50% of the global environmental impact. The UK construction industry annually produces 100 million tonnes of waste and around 15% of materials delivered to construction sites go straight to landfill; annually costing over £78bn. Buildings account for around 50% of Europe’s energy consumption, therefore, the construction industry would significantly affect the ‘90% increase in energy efficiency’ target by 2050.

Triagomy considers every stakeholder, the entire supply-chain and the building’s entire life-cycle. Alongside, the sustainable materials, manufacturing and production, ‘Triagomy buildings’ purify air and achieve optimal energy-efficiency. This is achieved by a novel bio-based material that consumes waste and carbon during production and purifies the air during occupation. The self-assembling and self-healing smart material is currently being developed in collaboration with Queen Mary University London and Brunel University London.

Life-cycle assessments of a ‘Triagomy building’ showed reductions of at least 90% in carbon footprint, around 60% in transport emissions, at least 90% in waste and around 120% in energy. Triagomy also addresses the housing crises currently experienced by cutting build-times by around 90% and costs by around 70%.

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