Green Building Material 101: What To Use and When Green Building Material 101: What To Use and When

The concept of using green building material in constructing homes and commercial establishments has been all the rage ever since people have realized the importance of protecting the environment from further damage. While this is just one of the various strategies employed for sustainable construction, it is one major part that requires extensive planning and preparation. Below, you’ll get to know more about green building materials and what they can do for us and the environment.

What Are Green Building Materials?

Green building materials refer to tools, devices, and structure components that are made from renewable resources. They are deemed as more environmentally responsible than regular materials that contribute to energy and resource waste as well as pollution.

Why Should You Use Green Building Materials?

Using green building materials has several benefits. For the occupant of the building or property owner, he/she can enjoy reduced costs in maintenance, replacements and space configuration. There is also the benefit of improved health since materials made from natural renewable resources are not harmful to one’s health. One can expect better indoor air quality from these materials, so there will be less risk for asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems. For the environment, these materials work towards effective energy conservation and efficiency. Less energy is wasted with the use of these materials.

How do you know if Building Materials are Green?

If you’re not familiar with green architecture, determining which materials are green can be quite tricky. To know this, you have to determine if the product is made from recycled content. Products that contain recycled components like post-industrial content should be preferred. Go for materials that were harvested from natural, plentiful and renewable resources, such as certified wood. Aside from the material itself, the process by which the resource has been manufactured should be resource-efficient. It should have employed methods that reduce consumption of energy, minimize waste and decrease the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. Building materials that are locally or regionally available should also be preferred. Less energy will be wasted in terms of the transportation of the materials to the construction site. Select materials that have been salvaged, refurbished or re-manufactured. A disposed material can be renovated and restored to serve as a building tool for the construction of your property. Finally, opt for materials that are recyclable and reusable for future use.

How do I Find Green Building Materials?

There are three steps in choosing building materials: research, evaluation, and selection. In research, you gather relevant information about the manufacturer of the material, including Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), test results for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), product warranties, recycled content details, and environmental statements. Do further research regarding building codes, environmental issues in construction, building industry, and so on. Once you have all the necessary information at hand, you can evaluate the certifications of every product that you are eyeing for. Compare thoroughly the products of your choices. Use the life cycle assessment process to evaluate a certain material’s eco-friendliness. After you’ve thoroughly evaluated your options, it’s now time that you make an informed decision as to which materials to use for the construction of your property. 

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