Looking for a stylish, practical solution for a deck or balcony railing? Look no further – the CableRail system from Feeney Architectural Products is affordable, easy to install, and looks great. And it also happens to be a surprisingly green building material.
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.
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.
Cork is a great insulator, providing both a thermal barrier and excellent noise reduction. It’s also naturally resistant to fire and insect damage. These properties make it a great choice for flooring, but why stop there? This sustainable building material can also offer outstanding insulation within wall structures as well.
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.
If you live in the Southeastern US, mark your calendar for the 2012 Greenprints conference in Atlanta. Green building, urban sustainability, and policy experts will present on March 7th & 8th at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
Bamboo flooring is beautiful, durable, and sustainable. Cork flooring is stylish, provides excellent thermal and acoustic insulation, and it’s also extremely eco-friendly. So what do you have when you combine the two? Corboo, the aptly named new hybrid flooring material from US Floors.