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24 The November the 2023

Upcycling: sustainable design for architectural projects

3 min reading | admineliane
Upcycling: sustainable design for architectural projects

In the last years, The search for sustainable practices has become a priority in several areas and the world of architecture is not far behind. An approach that is gaining more and more prominence in this scenario is upcycling.: a technique that goes beyond conventional recycling, transforming discarded materials into pieces of value and exclusive design.

The term “upcycling” has its roots in the environmental movement and was popularized in the 1990s. 90. It differs from traditional recycling by adding value to discarded materials, resulting in superior quality products. Instead of just turning something into something new, upcycling creates something of greater aesthetic or functional value.


Upcycling decorative objects | Photo: Votu Hotel


The idea behind upcycling is to give new life to objects or materials that would otherwise be discarded., thus reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. This concept aligns perfectly with the growing demand for sustainable practices in architecture.

In a world where environmental awareness is on the rise, Architects and designers face the challenge of integrating sustainable solutions into their projects. In addition to minimizing the environmental impact, sustainable architecture aims to create spaces that promote the well-being of occupants, using resources efficiently.


Environment with Cleantec | Micron Zinco NA 80x80cm Micron Zinco Ra Cove Base 10x50cm Micron Zinco Ra Ang EXT 4x10cm Micron Zinco Ra Ang Int 4x10cm | Photo: Votu Hotel


Upcycling comes as a valuable tool in this context. By incorporating upcycled elements into architectural designs, it is possible not only to adopt an ecological approach, but also create unique environments full of personality.

Inspired by practices such as upcycling, architecture and design professionals have the opportunity to create environments that go beyond conventional aesthetics. The creative reuse of materials not only offers a sustainable alternative, but also the chance to tell unique stories in each project.

A resource that goes hand in hand with upcycling techniques is the use of coatings with sustainable solutions for healthier and safer works and environments.. O Cleantec, by Eliane Tec, is an example of how nanotechnology can revolutionize the coatings sector. The noble metals that make up this technology have the power to eliminate even 99,99% of bacteria, inhibit the proliferation of microorganisms that are harmful to health and contribute to the elimination of mold and mildew.


Facade with Cleantec technology | Rodin Corten AC 59×118,2cm | Photo: Evelyn Muller


When applied to facades, Cleantec not only offers health benefits, but also has properties that reduce operating costs and the use of water and cleaning products. Its combination of organic matter decomposition and hydrophilicity allows rainwater to help remove dirt from the coating surface. This sustainable feature not only contributes to the aesthetics of the facades, but also demonstrates commitment to efficient and eco-friendly construction practices.

In short, upcycling is not just a technique; It is a movement towards a more sustainable future. Eliane, with its innovative solutions, proves that it is possible to combine design, technology and sustainability in one concept, contributing to the construction of a more conscious and inspiring environment. How about taking this philosophy to your next architectural project??

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