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10 Business View Australia - July 2015

This entails the use of photovoltaic

materials to replace traditional building

materials used for roofs, facades and

glazing. Adopting this technology will

lead to multiple benefits including

better aesthetics, lower electricity

bills and the satisfaction that a

contribution has been made in the

effort to reduce global warming.

Road building is another major activity

which the construction industry is

involved in. The adoption of two different

technologies can make a significant

impact to the carbon footprint which

road building generates. The first,

recycled/reclaimed asphalt pavement

(RAP) requires the reuse of asphalt.

This material does not lose any of its

properties with reuse and the savings

in costs and reduction in emission by

utilizing this technology is significant.

Warm mix asphalt (WMA) uses a

specialised binder instead of a bitumen

binder and this process requires much

lower temperatures. As a result energy

savings of 30% can be achieved.

Both these technologies are

extensively used in America where

RAP accounts for 19.1% of total