An often-overlooked aspect to a building construction project is the selection of materials that will be used to complete the design. Materials and resources are the foundation of the buildings in which we live and work, as well as that with which we fill them, the infrastructure that carries people to and from these buildings, and the activities that take place within them. Green building requires rethinking the selection of these materials. Ideally, the materials and resources used for the project not only will do less harm, but will go further and regenerate the natural and social environments from which they originate. To evaluate the best options and weigh the trade-offs associated with a selection, teams must think beyond a project’s physical and temporal boundaries. Life cycle assessment can help a team make informed, defensible decisions.
4 sustainable building materials that are cost effective too!
With growing population increases the need to provide housing facilities. The current construction methods are largely unsustainable and release copious amounts of CO2 in the environment. With a modern outlook and an environment-friendly approach, builders are now introducing sustainable products which are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and eco-friendly.
Bamboo – The ABCs of Green Building Materials
Bamboo is a truly remarkable green building material. It’s twice as strong as concrete and slightly stronger than steel. It’s also a renewable resource that needs little energy to grow, prevents soil erosion, provides biomass, offers wildlife refuge, and produces a healthy food supply for both wildlife and humans.
11 green building materials that are way better than concrete
Concrete is a material that quite literally holds our cities together. From homes and apartment buildings to bridges, viaducts, and sidewalks, this ubiquitous gray material’s importance to modern urban life is undeniable. But you might have heard that it also has a dirty secret: the production of commercial concrete materials releases tons of the greenhouse gascarbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere each year, contributing to the calamity that is climate change. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We have collated 11 green building materials that offer alternatives to concrete, and a lower environmental impact.