With sustainable construction maintaining its popularity as a viable building approach, more builders and their customers are turning to environmentally friendly construction materials as substitutes for less eco-friendly options. You can use the following list to identify some of the sustainable building materials available to you.
Fiberboard and spun fiberglass have long been a popular choice for insulation used in residential and commercial construction. Fiberglass blanket insulation is commonly used between joists and beams in walls, floors, and ceilings. More sustainable options include:
- Wood fiber insulation: Wood fiber insulation provides a high level of heat resistance. It originates from a highly renewable and sustainable source and is not toxic.
- Cellulose insulation: Cellulose insulation is often made from recycled newspaper or other paper products. As a wood-based material, cellulose is also renewable and safe to use.
Bricks, concrete, and metal are three very common structural materials used in construction projects. Obtaining and manufacturing these materials can be harmful to the environment while consuming resources that can’t be easily renewed. Alternatives include:
- Straw bales: Straw bales are thick, heavy blocks of material made from naturally growing straw. These bales can last for many decades if properly maintained. Since straw comes from a natural plant material, it is fully biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
- Timber: Traditional timber is still a good option for framing a house or other structure. Timber is natural and renewable and provides high versatility for construction applications.
Concrete, tile, and wood laminate have been frequent choices for flooring in the past. Sustainable alternatives include:
- Bamboo: Bamboo flooring comes from a fast-growing grass that can easily be adapted for use as a construction material.
- Hardwood: Hardwood floors suggest luxury, but they are actually highly sustainable. Hardwood is very tough and versatile while offering natural beauty.
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