It’s no secret that sustainable and eco-friendly solutions are a growing trend around the world. The Earth is quickly moving toward a more eco-friendly future, and you can do your part by using some sustainable materials in your next renovation project. There are countless materials designed with sustainability in mind, making them great options for all of your renovation needs. Here are just a few green building materials to consider using during your next home improvement project or renovation.
Solar tiles are growing so popular that you’re likely to see them on the roofs of homes in your neighborhood. While traditional asphalt roofing materials are created with energy intensive methods, solar tiles harvest energy for use in your home, saving you money on energy costs. They do require a higher initial investment, but most people who’ve made the investment say that it’s well worth the energy and cost-savings that result from ongoing use.
Paper isn’t just to write on anymore — it has countless uses, especially as a viable option for green building materials. And contrary to popular belief, it’s as safe and protective as its traditional alternatives.
“Made from recycled newspapers and cardboard, paper-based insulation is a superior alternative to chemical foams. Both insect resistant and fire-retardant thanks to the inclusion of borax, boric acid, and calcium carbonate (all completely natural materials that have no associations with health problems),” writes Joe Peach on Smart Cities Dive.
However, most construction companies still use traditional and chemical-based insulation materials. If you’re interested in using a green, paper-based alternative, talk to your construction company from the outset about your green building goals.
Finally, ICF systems like Nexcem can cut final costs on a property by an estimate of $0.75 per square foot, making them one of the most cost effective sustainable materials in use today. They’re essentially blocks of concrete that are insulated with various materials and installed around your home’s foundation. When constructing ICF walls, only one row is constructed at a time. End blocks are cut to fit to reduce waste. Not only that, but ICF construction is capable of protecting properties from natural disasters because they’re capable of withstanding 402 kph winds. All in all, they’re an ideal investment to reduce energy costs and keep your home protected.
Ultimately, there are plenty of green building materials on the market today, so do your part to choose materials that keep the Earth in mind while providing protection and security to your home.