Sustainable Building Materials

Green Building Materials

“A home using sustainable building materials use less energy, water, and natural resources while creating less waste.”

sustainable building materialsManufacturers make sustainable building materials and products with environmentally friendly methods. There are many products to choose from. As a result, selecting green items for your sustainable home design can be overwhelming considering the growing amounts on the market. However, because of the growing amount of products, building green is becoming less expensive and eventually will cost no more or less than conventional building materials.

Selections can be establishment after the designer, builder, and homeowner iron out the details of project-specific environmental and sustainable goals. Then, the designer will research to determine the best selection of green or sustainable building materials. Some products advertise as “green” but are not actually good for the environment or the health of the homeowner. All sustainable building materials go through an environmental assessment process that is broken down into a checklist of simple questions.

1. What does the manufacturers literature say about the product?
2. Is the product biodegradable?
3. What is the products composition?
4. Is it recyclable?
5. Is the manufacturing process energy efficient?
6. Is the manufacturing process harmful to the environment?
7. Is the product local?
8. What industry testing program did it undergo?

These are just a few of the questions raised in selecting sustainable building materials, but that are most noteworthy. These questions and others have to be answered. In addition, the product will have determined to be acceptable. Then, the designer will write the product into the specifications of the green house plans. As a result, the builder and homeowner will have a plan to follow in the construction of a sustainable home with the completion of the green home design and inclusion of green product specifications.