Sustainable building materials are part of a green movement that can include everything from recycling to finding new reusable energy sources. Many home improvement contractors, such as Paradis Remodeling and Building, and homeowners are choosing sustainable building options for energy efficiency. Some of these products may cost more initially but will pay off in the long run, by saving money on heating/cooling costs and helping the environment. Here are 5 eco-friendly sustainable building materials you may want to consider for your next project.
Reclaimed Sustainable Building Materials
- Wood: The most widely used reclaimed building material, it can be gathered from old barns, homes, and factories. It can be used in many ways including flooring and countertops.
- Glass: Finding a matching set of stained glass windows is a treat for many homeowners looking to use reclaimed materials.
- Doors: Old barn doors are a great and unique option for the homeowner that is looking for something a little different in their home.
Concrete is widely used and surprisingly responsible for a great percentage of the CO2 emissions around the world. There are however options for builders and homeowners who are concerned about the environment. Sustainable concrete add materials such as slag (from manufacturing steel) or wood chips to the mix. This doesn’t affect the sturdiness of the concrete but it does incorporate products that would have otherwise been wasted.
This sustainable building material is also called paper insulation because it is made up of newspapers, paperboard and other waste paper. Astonishingly it is comprised of 80% to 100% recycled material. It is a breeze to install and can will make a poorly insulated attic increasingly more energy efficient.
Energy Efficient Windows
Triple glazed windows were first introduced in Sweden and are mostly used in regions with a very cold climate. They are rigid and strong, resistant to condensation, decrease heat loss, and help reduce outside noise.
Seaweed and Wool Brick
These bricks combine wool fibers and extract from seaweed to create a stronger and unfired sustainable building product. The bricks are also non-toxic and are more resistant to cold and wet climates.