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A Guide to Environmentally Friendly Building Materials
December 29, 2015
We use a variety of environmentally friendly building materials that are energy efficient.
Looking to build an eco-friendly home or do an eco-friendly remodel on an existing home? You’re not alone! Building materials that are considered environmentally friendly are no longer difficult to find or considered something for progressive tree-huggers. Many individuals seek out environmentally friendly building materials if not for the impact on the environment then for the impact on their bank accounts!
Because eco-friendly is becoming mainstream, it may be a wise choice to invest in eco-friendly products for your new home or your remodeling project. A building made with environmentally friendly materials may have a bigger resale value and is often created out of more durable material, meaning the resale value of the building will hold up longer as fewer maintenance issues and repairs will come up.
Naturally any material that has been recycled is more environmentally friendly than brand new materials. Some items, such as countertops, floors, and roofing can now be found that contain recycled items like rubber, glass, and wood.
Structural insulated panels are made from wood fibers of fast-growing (renewable) trees and a binder, these wood mats are sandwiched around a foam core creating a more insulated structural panel than the usual wood used to construct the structure of a building.
Another eco-friendly building material is the ThermoForm insulated concrete form. The form is created from recycled plastic materials and features insulation on either side. Concrete is then poured into the form on the construction site. The dual insulation as well as the thickness and durability of this building material makes it one of the best green structural building materials to work with. Buildings created with ThermoForm insulated concrete forms are considered to be 94% energy efficient as opposed to the maxximum 75% efficiency of traditionally built homes.
High Efficiency Windows
A lot of energy can be wasted with poorly insulated windows. Replacing old windows in a home can drastically change the look of your utility bill each month. Many old homes have poorly insulated windows. There are many energy efficient window options available so that even old homes won’t lose their charm when you replace the windows. A design option exists for any style of house.
High Efficiency Plumbing and Appliances
We’re all aware of Energy Star appliances by now. We know that saving energy saves us money. Low flush toilets and tankless water heaters are also environmentally friendly materials that are used to create eco-friendly homes. Tankless water heaters do not waste energy keeping a supply of hot water at the ready, but instead warm the water as we need it. This huge savings in energy is both great for the environment and for your monthly utility bill!