Many options exist for sustainable home construction

Building a new home – single-family, multifamily or residential high-rise – from scratch is an opportunity to customize space and bring design ideas to fruition. But the often-overlooked benefit is that a builder or designer can use green building materials to construct a more eco-friendly home.

Eco-friendly options for building materials are available for almost every element: flooring, walls, insulation, paint and roofing, according to the website Fix.

New flooring trends have seen the rise of cork, bamboo and natural fibers. If you do choose wood floors, consider those that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which encourages the use of ecologically responsible wood.

For walls, new and hot eco-friendly options include fired honeycomb clay, recycled bricks and even blocks made of recycled materials from power stations. Speaking of hot eco-friendly materials, insulation options are more bountiful now than ever. You can choose from agricultural products made from corn and soybean oil, or even insulation made from mushroom fibers or sheep wool.

When deciding about roofing materials, there are two gold-standard eco-friendly options to choose from. You can install a green “living” roof, consisting of vegetation, or a solar roof.

Whether installing such eco-friendly options in all aspects of a home or only some, owners can make a difference to the size of the structure’s carbon footprint.

The infographic below takes a look at several material options.

Topics: Architectural Firms, Building Owners and Managers, Construction Firms, Energy Saving Products, Engineering Firms, Exteriors, Flooring, Green Roofs / Garden Roofs, Healthy & Comfortable Buildings, Highrise Residential, Interiors, Multifamily / Multiunit Residential, Solar Energy & Solar Power, Sub-Flooring, Technology, Urban Planning and Design, Wall Systems / Curtain Walls

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