Surface materials for countertops, tables, and workspaces can be a great place to get a little creative – both in terms of style and choice of green building materials. Reclaimed wood, industrial glass, and even recycled paper are just a few of the options for environmentally friendly countertops – and now aluminum flake has joined […]
It’s one thing to select an energy efficient appliance or a low-flow water fixture – but where do you start when you want to create an entire green home? David Johnston’s Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy Efficient Home Construction is a great place to begin, with practical tips on a wide […]
Utilizing reclaimed wood is a one way to substantially “green-ify” a building or renovation project. Oregon-based Viridian Wood Products offers a range of unique, high-quality flooring and other wood building materials, and it all comes from an unexpected source.
To make the process of choosing eco-friendly building materials for construction or renovation a little bit easier, Home Depot has created a “LEED For Homes” program in conjunction with the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Homeowners can now easily find products by LEED categories, and view the point values for each product.
The Sustainable Building Bible is a resource created by Tim Pullen, a UK-based sustainable building consultant. It covers big-picture considerations such as green design trends and choosing sustainable materials, as well as tips for specific issues like draft-proofing and water conservation.
Cork is an incredibly green building material, and cork flooring products like VinaCork are one terrific application. But expanded cork is another ultra-efficient material for thermal and acoustic insulation, and Portuguese company Amorim Isolamentos is now introducing Expanded Insulation Cork Board to the American market.
Some of the best decking materials are exotic wood species. Unfortunately, many of these varieties are slow-growth trees that have been irresponsibly harvested – not exactly a green choice for your outdoor addition. Tigerdeck, however, offers the performance and durability of tropical hardwood that is sustainably produced, and their product line includes FSC-certified source materials.
Avian board is an innovative building material that provides the look and strength of traditional panel boards – but at a tiny fraction of the weight, and using minimal raw materials in its manufacture.
BamDeck combines the beauty and eco-friendliness of bamboo with the extreme durability of composite decking. It’s made from recycled materials, and offers an alternative to tropical hardwood decks that is both stunning and practical.
James Hardie cement fiber products are quickly gaining popularity because they offer the look of traditional wood, but are far more durable. Their durability combined with Hardie’s environmentally friendly manufacturing techniques make them a great choice for exterior finishes.
A typical demolition job destroys loads of potentially usable materials and sends them to a landfill. A more environmentally friendly approach is “deconstruction”, which gives construction waste a new lease on life. Best of all, it can also make good economic sense by cutting a variety of project costs.