Environmentally Friendly Building Materials For Your Home

Environmentally Friendly Building Materials For Your Home

If you are planning to build a new home it is a great opportunity to make it environmentally friendly. This does not necessarily mean expensive as some materials can be even cheaper than traditional building materials. Other items like solar panels offer long term savings and upfront costs are also often subsidized by governments offering refunds for part of the costs.

Concrete and brick have both positive and negative things to consider. A good choice for areas where the climate varies greatly, concrete and bricks helps to insulate against the summer heat and also retain heat during winter.

They do however have some negatives when taking environment into consideration. Bricks and concrete is quarried from the earth and heavily processed. The burning of bricks in a large kiln also impacts on air quality.

Transport includes not just the concrete and bricks but also sand, soil and stone from a quarry to the processing plant.

The best choices for bricks are mud bricks are as they take very little processing. And for concrete products choose an aerated concrete, the finished product contain 80% air.

Timber

Wood is a natural resource and disappearing faster than we can grow it. It is important to keep to the following guidelines when choosing timber for building materials.

Seek out recycled timber wherever possible. And select certified timber from a “well managed forest”. This means the wood comes from a re-growth forest rather than a plantation.

Some alternatives you can consider instead of using timber are:

Recycled steel frames, bamboo, plant-based plastics, recycled plastic lumber and recycled paper timber.…

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Environmentally Friendly Materials for Your Home Renovation Project

Environmentally Friendly Materials for Your Home Renovation Project

Earth Day was last week, and are you ready to save the planet, or simply practice more environmentally friendly habits, easier to implement green and sustainable products into your home renovation project.

Here are some material considerations that you need to check before starting a kitchen or bathroom renovation. Educate yourself on all the green and sustainable products available today, because they will give you a greener home and a far healthier lifestyle.

Counter Tops

Bamboo is considered a very sustainable material because it reaches maturity within five years, and regenerates from its original root system – it never requires replanting.

Wood is an amazing material for block-meat counters and floor counters.

When these logs are planted locally, sustainably, or certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), they tend to give very high values.

Concrete countertops are increasingly popular in contemporary settings, and don’t be off-gas. They are considered the greenest when made locally and when mixed with alternative cement and recycled aggregates.

The quartz surface is one of my favorite tabletops. They are available in a large number of beautiful colors and finishes – easy to maintain and have an endless life cycle. Certain companies now produce amazing recycled quartz collections.

Floor

Hardwood and Bamboo are a favorite flooring choice for environmentally conscious homeowners. If the material is FSC certified or reclaimed, it is considered an environmentally responsible product.

Marmoleum or Linoleum tiles are made from flaxseed oil, jute, limestone and other natural components that collectively provide a very strong and durable flooring product.

Cork is not only sustainable and renewable (like bamboo), but very soft and comfortable underfoot.

Wool carpets are stain resistant, extremely durable, and free of chemical additives – only natural oils from sheep’s wool. With routine maintenance, this can last up to 50 years and …

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