Eco friendly build materials

Eco friendly build materials Cheslyn Building Contractors

If you’re designing your dream home and you’re trying to keep an eye on your carbon footprint, you might be concerned about the impact of all your construction plans, but there are steps that you can take to limit your emissions and minimise the effect that your new home has on the environment.

As sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives become the norm, consumers and contractors insist that eco-friendly building materials are custom home must-haves. Our latest article looks at various eco friendly build materials and offers ways to save energy, reduce waste and cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions.

Select sustainable lumber

Seek out green building materials from certified and managed forests, recycled or reclaimed wood (salvaged from riverbeds or old buildings), or composites such as formaldehyde-free MDF (medium-density fibreboard) for doors and cabinets. You might also consider using bamboo where possible, as it is considered one of the top choices in eco-friendly building materials thanks to its rapid regeneration rate.

Cork

Cork is another tree product that is physically flexible, strong and resilient. Resistant to moisture and known for absorbing noise well, cork is a solid option for flooring or even as a subfloor in place of plywood.

Steel

Steel can be recycled indefinitely without losing any strength, making it one of the most eco friendly building materials. It’s resistant to rust and requires very little maintenance, so it’s a good material for creating foundations and solid structures.

Straw bale

When you think of straw bale as a construction material, you probably think of thatched cottage roofs. However, straw bales can also be used to insulate homes and are surprisingly fire resistant. This is because the straw used in construction has been compressed – it’s not the bundle of plant stalks you are imagining.

When compressed, straw bales are highly insulating and leave no space for oxygen (which is why they can resist fire). Furthermore, straw bales are often leftover waste from the agriculture industry and can be sustainably grown.

Natural stone

As a raw material, natural stone isn’t just eco friendly but it’s also highly fashionable. Real granite worktops in the kitchen are a sign of status. However, large, continuous slabs of stone like this are not the most efficient cost-wise and require more energy to mine, cut and transport.

Composite decking

Standard decking has moved on dramatically over the years and composite decking can now provide a green choice for your garden. Made from reclaimed and recycled materials, composite decking does not use any new timber so it leaves our forests intact. Composite decking is low maintenance and resistant to stains and mould, so it doesn’t require chemical cleaners or lots of on-going resources to help it reach its impressive life expectancy.

The good news is that there’s a growing number of eco-friendly build materials and techniques available for homes, and many of them save you money both during construction and for years to come.