74% of AEC professionals expect bamboo to witness the largest increase in usage in 2020

Some 74% of architects, engineers and construction (AEC) professionals in the property industry expect bamboo to be the eco-friendly building material that will experience the greatest increase in usage in 2020, according to the latest research.

A report by property specialist revealed that this was followed by straw bales (69%), timbercrete (61%), recycled plastics (56%), ferrock (47%), hempcrete (44%) and cork (38%).

In total, 582 AECs were surveyed to identify the eco-friendly building materials that the professionals expected the property industry to increase usage of in 2020.

Robby du Toit, managing director at, said: “The property industry is more eco-conscious than ever before.

“This has led to a surge in the innovation and development of eco-friendly building materials.

“As professionals become better acquainted with the properties and benefits of different eco-friendly building materials, their adoption rate in construction projects can expect to see a positive increase.

“This research certainly highlights the eco-friendly building materials that will have a big impact in 2020.”

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