Green home insulation materials are ones that are manufactured from renewable resources & recycled materials with fewer chemicals. Which type of insulation is best for your home depends on where you live. Here’s how to choose a green insulation material with a high R-value for where you live. We’ll cover these: cellulose insulation, cotton insulation, mineral wool insulation / rock wool insulation, sheep wool insulation, straw bale insulation, soy foam insulation, and recycled plastic insulation.
I’m a roofer and I’m here to tell you that roof colors matter. It depends on where you live. See when you’d want to choose reflective roof shingles and when you’d want to choose dark asphalt shingles for your house. And see how your energy bills will be different, based on the roof shingle colors you choose.
Wondering how to get your hands on cheap building materials for your home remodel or new home? Construction materials are expensive, but I’ve got a few ways for you to save big bucks when remodeling or building a house on a budget. Hint: You don’t have to be a contractor to get the contractor discount!
Building a new home? Renovating an old one? Green homes matter. Improvements that make a home green + How to determine the environmental impact of your home
Radiant barrier roof sheathing has a highly reflective material facing the interior of your attic. It will seriously reduce your home’s energy consumption. If you like saving money and helping the environment you should really look into radiant barrier roof decking. Trust me you’ll be happy you did.
Radiant barriers are an effective way to reduce your home energy consumption. Here’s how to choose the right type of radiant barrier for your home.
I searched high and low at the 2011 Fall Atlanta Home Show for cool homebuilding products and I found a few that I think you’re going to like. Solar thermal water heaters, attic access insulation covers and tubular sun skylights were among my favorites.
The EZflow French drain system is an innovative product consisting of 90% recycled content. It counts toward LEED credits, is easy to install, saves time & money.
By using synthetic slate roof shingles that are made from recycled materials, you can earn LEED credits. EcoStar Majestic Slate roof tiles are one example.
Conservation subdivisions combine green space and trees with community living, for the ultimate in eco-friendly community design.
Take a virtual tour of the 2011 net-zero concept home that was on display at this year’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando. Builder Online, KB Home, and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia combined their talents to create a cutting-edge net-zero home that is bringing concepts into the homebuilding industry.
The National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) is designing and building a net zero home that will be a living laboratory to gather info to put these types of homes into the mainstream of the national home building industry.
PaperStone is one of a handful of brands of eco-friendly, post-consumer recycled paper countertops. It’s durable, hard as nails, versatile and much more. Get the scoop to make an better decision on your next home building project in the kitchen or bathroom.
Thinking about picking out a new countertop in the near future? Add paper countertops to your list of types of materials to consider. Paper composite countertops are rock solid and do not harbor bacteria. It’s a serious contender amongst other green materials used and it’s green in many different ways.
Palm flooring is an eco-friendly flooring option that you should put on your short list when comparing different types of wood species. It’s sustainable, it’s beautiful, it’s made with no added urea formaldehyde, and it will earn you LEED credits for your homebuilding project for low-emitting materials.
Not only can you install FSC-certified bamboo flooring in your home, you can also purchase bamboo plywood for your walls for a very cool eco-looking interior.
Aluminum tile as a green homebuilding material? Yes, it’s true. But only because they are made from retired aircraft cladding. Recycled and reclaimed = green.
Choosing green roofs for your home building project is a daunting project when you consider all of the options available in the roofing market today. If you want to make an informed choice in your next roofing purchase, you might want to take a few minutes to gather a few great links for some answers.
If you have a large space that needs a lot of air flow, look no further. These fans are the world’s largest and will get the job done in commercial, industrial and residential settings. Innovative design puts Big Ass Fans in the forefront of moving large amounts of air in an efficient manner for a more comfortable environment in which to work and live.
Determining the carbon footprint of your building project just got much easier than ever before, thanks to Green Footstep. Their aim is to free the global economy from dependence on fossil fuels. There’s no better time than in the planning stages to reduce the carbon emissions of your project and this tool gets it done.
The Clayton Homes i-House is one of the latest prefab homes for consumers to choose from in an already crowded housing market. The difference here is all of the great green features that the i-house has to offer the buyer.
Damaged and junk windshields come to life once more through a unique process combining both art and science to create beautiful building products. Seeing is believing.
Recycled plastic lumber has many useful attributes such as being impermeable to water. But there are some disadvantages to go along with the advantages of this green building material. Find out what those assets and liabilities are right here.
Reclaimed and salvaged wood flooring adds a huge dose of character when installed in homes. Reclaimed flooring from old barns, factories and houses is one recycled building material that is probably worth more now than when it was new and well worth the effort in locating it.
Sustainable roofing choices are more abundant than ever before. Spend a few minutes finding out what is best suited for your green roofing solution.