Discovering green building: advantages, disadvantages and future perspectives

Today we want to talk about something that is increasingly close to everyone’s heart: the well-being of our HOUSE.

We are referring both to our planet earth and to our main home. Are the two closely connected? Absolutely! In a GREEN perspective, we can definitely do something in our own small way to preserve our planet and at the same time improve our quality of life.

For example, have you ever heard of bio- building? What is your knowledge of the subject? Let us explain what it is all about!


Bioconstruction is about creating buildings that are in total harmony with the environment, following simple principles, including assessing the geographical setting of the building by studying every aspect, from natural lighting to humidity and the temperature of the site. Bio-building is also synonymous with comfort! ? In fact, one of the principles to be followed in eco-friendly construction is the well-being of the people who live in it. A “green” house must be comfortable and healthy, with particular attention to acoustics and the thermal factor.

But what are these materials? Let’s discover some of them together!?

  • Straw
  • Wood
  • Cork
  • Expanded clay
  • Chalk
  • Hemp fibres
  • Cellulose fibre
  • Paints of natural origin

It is important to know the origin of materials in order to be able to choose those that are locally sourced and those that have been processed in a low-energy way during extraction.

So, are there any disadvantages to Bioconstructions? Yes, mainly the price.

? To build with ecofriendly rules is certainly not cost-effective in the short term, both because of the cost of materials and the need for workers with specialised skills. However, the savings can be seen in the long term, both in terms of lower energy costs and less future maintenance work on the house, not to mention the benefits for our health.

In addition, companies in the sector do not know much about green building, which leads to poor construction and subsequent renovation work at great expense.  This is damage not only for builders but also for all those who, in search of information on the subject, have a wrong opinion about the efficiency and performance of this kind of structure. It is therefore important to rely on specialised and competent companies that provide real guarantees on materials and installation.

But what if the house goes on fire? ?

This is a question that many people ask themselves, considering the wood materials. But is there real danger that your house, built according to the rules of green building, will burn down?

→ Lets break this myth!

? Although wood is an excellent fuel, it burns very slowly as it is also composed of water, which means that a fire is easier to control. In addition, wood is a very poor conductor of heat, so despite the flames, the outside temperature remains under control.

And if you are still not convinced, you should know that wood used in bioconstruction is treated and covered with fireproof materials such as chalk fibre or cement-based materials with long fire resistance!

The bio building market is gaining momentum throughout Italy, and more and more companies are training their staff to offer an alternative to those who would like a GREEN home. Lombardy, Trentino Alto Adige and Emilia Romagna are at the top of the list of regions with such buildings.

What about Sardinia?

There are also a number of companies working in this sector on our island, but the figures are certainly not yet considerable. What does this depend on?
The slow expansion of bioconstruction in Sardinia is undoubtedly influenced by the tendency to prefer more classic buildings, and consequently there are few companies that have expanded their services to include eco-sustainable houses.

But the most important influences are probably:

➣ The lack of knowledge of the topic on the part of both companies and potential users
➣ The few examples of “green” structures on the island
➣ The prices of materials

Yet our island, which boasts an enviable environmental heritage, should be among the first regions to invest in eco-sustainability. There is certainly still a long way to go, but it is certainly not impossible! A certain change in mentality is probably needed, a little like what happened with electric cars, initially an alternative for a few, but now increasingly popular and appreciated.

Opportunities 2022

Do you want to make your current home more environmentally friendly?
→ Then we recommend that you take advantage of the Italian 110% Superbonus, which provides a 110% deduction for energy requalification work such as external coatings, insulation and replacement of energy efficiency systems carried out from 1 July 2020 until 30 June 2022.

A compulsory requirements to benefit from the bonus is to ensure an improvement of at least two energy classes.

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