“Sponge Cities” Hot New Trend
For Green Investors
Individuals Are Flocking to “Eco-Friendly” Construction Ideas as Urban Planners Worldwide Seek to Develop More Sustainable City Centers.
Individuals interested in green materials and the new concept of “sponge cities” are taking a look at a new eco-friendly construction company that is leading the way in the development of sponge cities.
Sponge cities represent a new urban construction model that seeks to capture and then channel rainwater to reduce both water shortages and the devastating flooding that can accompany intense rainstorms.
This green construction company is a holding company that owns and controls a dozen engineering, manufacturing and design companies in both Asia and North America.
Most of these subsidiaries manufacture and market eco-friendly construction materials (such as bricks, pavers and tiles) from mining waste.
That may not sound very exciting, but it has an enormously positive impact on local environments.
Removing and Recycling Mining Waste
In place of traditional construction materials such as ordinary concrete and clay bricks and tiles, the subsidiaries of this innovative company are able to recycle iron tailings (left over from refining iron ore) and fly ash (the powdery residue left over from burning coal). These eco-friendly building materials exceed the density and strength requirements set by government regulations.
As a result, millions of tons of potentially hazardous and polluting waste materials are reused and kept out of the environment.
A Pioneer in Developing Sponge Cities for Better Water Management
In addition to its work manufacturing eco-friendly “green” building materials, this green company is also a leader in the development of “sponge cities,” the new movement to re-imagine how a city manages its rainwater containment.
In many places around the world, including in parts of North America and in Australia, dry, water-starved cities see part of the year when they have insufficient water supplies for their populations and other times when huge rainstorms produce devasting floods that can destroy parts of the urban environment.
The “sponge city” concept is an attempt to develop new systems for capturing more of this precious rainwater and redirecting it in ways that are less harmful to the environment.
Through two of its subsidiaries, this innovative company has been involved in the field of urban ecological construction since 2014. Responsible for the planning, construction and design of new sponge cities, the company has also acted as a consultant for sponge city developments spearheaded by other companies.
According to the World Future Council, sponge cities are the wave of the future and provide many valuable benefits to local communities, including…
- Clean water for the city. “This entails greater water self-sufficiency which allows cities to increasingly rely on water sources from within their boundaries.
- Less pollution. “Cleaner groundwater due to the increase volume of naturally filtered storm water.”
- Reduction in flood risk. “More permeable spaces… leads to better resilience and in particular greater ability to deal with higher flood risks…”
- Lower burdens on drainage systems, water treatment plant, artificial channels and natural streams. “This also entails lower costs for drainage and treatment infrastructure.”
- Greener, healthier, more enjoyable urban spaces. “Greener urban spaces improve quality of life, create more pleasant landscape aesthetics and recreational areas that are enjoyable and attract people.”
Combining Green Construction Materials With State-of-the-Art Urban Design
The sponge city effort dovetails nicely with this companies core business.
For example, they acted as both design consultant and general contractor for a sponge city project in Changjiang County, Hainan Province, in which the company provided its own eco-friendly construction materials for building a new village.
Using 1.8 million “green bricks” and 90,000 roof tiles, the company constructed a total of 86 single family homes in a configuration designed to capture an optimal amount of rainwater and prevent the disastrous flooding typical in the region.
Now, the word is getting out – and municipalities in other countries are beginning to notice.
The favorable publicity is also leading to other opportunities as well.
In February this Innovative company announced it had won its second contract for the Beijing Winter Olympics Competition Zone. Earlier, the company launched a successful state-of-the-art waste water treatment solution, in August 2020, as part of a highway linking two competition zones in the upcoming Olympic Games.
Uniquely Positioned to Cash in on the Coming Eco-City Revolution
This is one of the few eco-friendly construction companies that is actively involved in developing and constructing sponge city projects worldwide.
Led by an engineering expert, who founded the company’s chief subsidiary in 1999 and has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman ever since, they have attracted a unique team of engineers, technology experts and financing executives.
This includes the company’s chief financial officer, who joined twenty years ago as an accountant; chief operating officer a former senior engineer at a well-known Corporation and a graduate of the Beijing Institute of Technology; and a chief technology, who served from 1997 through 2000 as the general manager and executive director of a building materials company.
Getting Ready for a Boom in Eco-Friendly Construction
Who knows what will happen, but the eco-friendly building movement seems to be gathering steam worldwide.
Like many eco-friendly companies this green construction company is still small and relatively undervalued. But that may not be the case for long. For individuals interested in new niches, then this eco-friendly construction company may be worth a look.
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