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Green Building Materials

Green Building Materials

Building materials are considered “green” if they reduce harm to the environment or human health, such as by improving energy efficiency, reducing the carbon footprint, or minimizing waste. Here’s a closer look at 10 popular sustainable building materials:

Certified Lumber

Green Building Materials


Lumber produced or harvested sustainably
Economic benefit: Often costs no more than alternatives
Uses: Framing, decking, flooring, cabinetry, etc.
Environmental benefit: Renewable, reusable, forests provide habitat for wildlife


Green Building MaterialsMember of the grass family; can be alternative to timber
Economic benefit: Durable for being resistant to mold, mildew, insects
Uses: Flooring, fences, cabinetry
Environmental benefit: Renewable, performs as a carbon sink, needs few or no fertilizers and pesticides

Natural Stone

Green Building Materials

Used as building material since ancient times
Economic benefit: Durability makes it cost-effective over long term
Uses: From countertops/fireplaces indoors, to fencing/retaining walls outdoors
Environmental benefit: Nontoxic, promotes healthy indoor air, low embodied energy


Cellulose Insulation

Green Building Materials


Composed primarily (up to 85%) of recycled newspapers
Economic benefit: Reduces drafts and heat/AC leaks
Uses: Standard insulating material for frame homes
Environmental benefit: Recycled, energy efficient, nontoxic

Plastic Lumber

Green Building Materials


Alternative to traditional wood; resistant to rot/mold/mildew/water/insect infestation
Economic benefit: Virtually maintenance free
Uses: Decking, fencing, signage, retaining walls
Environmental benefit: Durable, recycled


Steel Studs

Green Building MaterialsProvides exceptionally strong and stable framing for buildings
Economic benefit: Less material needed for structural integrity, fewer repairs, cheaper than wood
Uses: Commercial structures, popular choice for homes
Environmental benefit: Recyclable, low construction site waste

Perforated Metal

Green Building MaterialsPanels come in variety of sizes, materials, thicknesses, colors, designs
Economic benefit: Lasts for generations, perforated screens or building facades decrease cooling and lighting requirements
Uses: Sun shades, building facades, railing systems, garage screening, decorative cladding, etc.
Environmental benefit: Up to 100% recycled, recyclable and indefinitely renewable, can help reduce building’s energy needs

Permeable Pavement

Green Building Materials


Lets water through, replenishing groundwater while reducing pooling, flooding and runoff
Economic benefit: Prevents water-related issues
Uses: Parking lots, sidewalks, driveways, patios
Environmental benefit: Protects surface and groundwater quality

Living Plants

Green Building Materials


Roofs/walls covered with vegetation
Economic benefit: Natural insulation; can counteract sick building syndrome (increasing productivity)
Uses: Homes, commercial and municipal buildings
Environmental benefit: Improves air quality, removes carbon dioxide from atmosphere, energy efficient

Solar Cells

Green Building MaterialsConvert sunlight into electricity
Economic benefit: Reduces energy costs over long term; financial incentives (such as tax credits) often offered
Uses: Solar lighting, fans, panels, etc., on residential/commercial/government buildings
Environmental benefit: Produce emissions-free, clean energy

If you are looking for green design concepts and fabrication for your residential or commercial needs, take a look at the list of vendors offering Green Building Materials on the HUB

Thanks for the info from * Accurate Perforating Company, Inc.