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.
Green Building Materials
Trying to live greener these days? Want your home to be eco-friendly without spending too much money? Home experts share their professional advice for choosing green home building materials, using eco-friendly building methods, reducing your home's energy consumption -- and saving money in the process! Our environmentally conscious homeowners can answer your questions about ecofriendly lumber, windows and countertops, green roofing and insulation options, and high-tech solar ideas. If it affects your home's basic foundation and design, we're talking about it here.
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.
Window labels make it easier to comparison shop for new home windows. Before you go window shopping, here’s what you need to know about replacement windows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sustainable roofing choices are more abundant than ever before. Spend a few minutes finding out what is best suited for your green roofing solution.
Anyone who has ever considered photovoltaic cells knows that they are an enormous investment. If you’re considering photovoltaic cells, there are three factors that solar panel manufacturers like to ignore when talking about their product.
How green is cordwood building really? There are pros and cons and top reasons that you should be aware of to help you make your choice of green home building materials.
Here is an opportunity to voice your opinion and suggestions directly to the LEED Green Building Rating System Steering Committee. Don’t miss it! Are you in the market for a LEED Certified Green home? This ‘Green MLS’ is just the ticket.
Hydronic radiant floor heating can make an enormous difference in the temperature of the flooring and consequently your home. While this green technology may work well, cost and practicality make this a difficult system to recommend to the average homeowner.
Solar powered attic vent fans can be a great way to save some money on cooling costs as well as support solar technology. Included is a great video featuring Tom Silva of This Old House that shows you how to install it yourself.
Finger-jointed lumber is the home building industry’s answer to keeping lumber supplies at a reasonable cost while significantly minimizing waste with little or no loss in quality or architectural standards.
Cotton insulation is an eco-product worth considering in today’s construction market. It’s eco-friendly due to it being a recycled product and it has insulating characteristics that are comparable to fiberglass. Consider incorporating cotton insulation into your home building plans for its’ many advantages.
All of the constantly updated regional, state and federal incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency links are right here. Look no further.
What is LEED and what’s it all about? It’s a national home building green standards program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. Looking for a green building glossary? Got it handled.
Forward-thinking Mellow Mushroom in Knoxville is on top of the curve by harnessing the sun’s energy with a solar panel array on their roof. It’s the very first restaurateur to do so in Knoxville. This post also provides everything a homeowner needs to know about generating your own clean energy.
Green homebuilding has come a long way. Here’s a little bit of insight and some hugely useful links if you plan to build a green home. I’ve listed some green links that will bring you up to date on some of the latest green issues in today’s world. Have a look.