27 Dec 2023

Sustainable Material Proposal from ITU for the Construction Industry

ITU Faculty of Civil Engineering faculty member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Börte Köse Mutlu pointed out the importance of using natural and environmentally friendly materials for reducing global carbon emissions originating from the construction sector and drew attention to the possibilities of the use of hemp as a filling and insulation material.

News: İTÜ Media and Communication Office

In an interview with Anadolu Agency’s Yeşilhat [Greenline] unit, which focuses on environmental news, Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering faculty member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Börte Köse Mutlu emphasized that at least 35 percent of the world’s carbon emissions originate from the construction sector and stated that for an environmentally friendly future, preferring natural materials will both reduce ecological damage and offer significant gains in terms of energy efficiency.

"By using natural materials, it is possible to reduce our carbon footprint”

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Börte Köse Mutlu stated that in the process of reshaping the construction industry with an environmentally friendly vision, hemp, which stands out with its recyclability as well as its aspects such as radiation absorption properties and fire resistance, is a thermal insulation material that can prevent carbon emissions resulting from the heating and cooling procedures of buildings.

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