How to Choose Green Building Materials

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All over the world people are adopting more sustainable practices. In construction, the materials you choose can truly make an impact on the environment. We take a look into how you can choose green building materials for your next construction project.

Why Choose Green Materials?

There was a time when building a home was about the number of features a house could fit. Today, homes deeply reflect the individual style of the homeowners, including those interested in adopting sustainable practises. Choosing green materials is the first step to building an environmentally friendly home.

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Flooring

Flooring experiences human traffic regularly during the day so it needs to be tough and durable. Luckily, to meet such needs there are several options available. First, there is bamboo that is well-known for its strength and flexibility. Bamboo can be a bit pricier but is a good option to support an eco-friendly building.
Another material that could be used is cork. It is harvested from Cork Oak Trees. A key characteristic of cork is that it renews itself quickly after it has been stripped from the bark of tree trunks. Cork makes for an ideal greener building material that can balance affordability and eco-friendliness.

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Paint

Paint adds character to your home, helping to give it a unique personality. When choosing greener building materials low-VOC paint is a good start. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. It is these compounds that can give paint an unpleasant smell. One of the most popular compounds found in paints is formaldehyde, which tends to “outgas” into the air. When you choose low-VOC paints, you end up using a lesser amount of organic compounds.

Walls And Ceilings

Drywall panels such as EcoRock are made with as much as 80% recycled materials, this makes drywall a good option for your walls and ceilings. For structural framing work you can opt for lumber, which comes with FSC certification. The biggest advantage of using lumber is that you can find huge quantities of lumber from salvage yards. Opting for lumber will ensure that no trees were killed for your house as well.

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Roofing

A roof is the most important part of the house. It needs to be able to withstand extreme weather conditions. The Shed House uses COLORBOND®, with technology designed to reflect more of the sun's heat on hot days, which can mean less dependence on air-conditioning, plus reduced heat stress for your roof. Choosing COLORBOND® steel is a good choice for your home, budget and the planet. Not only that, all COLORBOND® steel contains recycled content and is also 100% recyclable.

How Can The Shed House Help?

Simply put, choosing greener building materials is looking for products that are made from natural, renewable materials, or recycled materials. It can include employing sustainable practises that minimise the construction impact on the environment. The Shed House are proud to supply Australian made building materials and products for your new home and can help you with constructing your new home using local providers.

Call us on 1800 270 750 to find out more information about choosing green building materials, with your local Sunshine Coast builder.