Five Sustainable Building Materials that Could Transform Construction | This Big City

Five Sustainable Building Materials that Could Transform Construction | This Big City

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Insulate your basement with foam board. NEVER use fiberglass. Includes information on insulating floors, too.

Insulate your basement with foam board. NEVER use fiberglass. Includes information on insulating floors, too.

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STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANEL : composite building units consisting of two outer skins bonded to an inner core of rigid insulating material, most commonly expanded polystyrene

STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANEL : composite building units consisting of two outer skins bonded to an inner core of rigid insulating material, most commonly expanded polystyrene

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How to Insulate a Basement Wall If you want to avoid moisture problems and mold, choose your insulation materials carefully

How to Insulate a Basement Wall If you want to avoid moisture problems and mold, choose your insulation materials carefully

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R-VALUE: 40.0, SUITABLE FOR: new construction, retrofitTHERMAL PERFORMANCE: At R-3.5 per in., the cellulose in this system yields an overall value of R-40.PROS:• Familiar building process means lower labor costs with readily available materials.• If cellulose is used, the project has a lower environmental impact.• Large moisture-storage capacity allows wall cavities to dry gradually.CONS:• Fairly involved insulation process can add to labor costs.• Reduces interior space by 3%.

R-VALUE: 40.0, SUITABLE FOR: new construction, retrofitTHERMAL PERFORMANCE: At R-3.5 per in., the cellulose in this system yields an overall value of R-40.PROS:• Familiar building process means lower labor costs with readily available materials.• If cellulose is used, the project has a lower environmental impact.• Large moisture-storage capacity allows wall cavities to dry gradually.CONS:• Fairly involved insulation process can add to labor costs.• Reduces interior space by 3%.

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infographic, reader submitted content, Ableskills, green alternative building materials, building materials, green building materials, energy savings, sustainable home, green home, sustainable architecture, green insulation, green structural components, green flooring

infographic, reader submitted content, Ableskills, green alternative building materials, building materials, green building materials, energy savings, sustainable home, green home, sustainable architecture, green insulation, green structural components, green flooring

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"10 Cutting-edge, Energy-efficient Building Materials"  Buildings made from insulated concrete forms use 20% LESS energy than frame houses!

"10 Cutting-edge, Energy-efficient Building Materials" Buildings made from insulated concrete forms use 20% LESS energy than frame houses!

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Use these eco-friendly materials in your walls, floor, roof and more for a greener home!

Use these eco-friendly materials in your walls, floor, roof and more for a greener home!

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Spray insulation made from recycled newspaper and cardboard. Both insect resistant and fire-retardant thanks to the inclusion of borax, boric acid, and calcium carbonate (all completely natural materials that have no associations with health problems), paper insulation can be blown into cavity walls, filling every crack and creating an almost draft-free space. 5 sustainable building materials that could transform construction. Image courtesy of curley house on flickr

Spray insulation made from recycled newspaper and cardboard. Both insect resistant and fire-retardant thanks to the inclusion of borax, boric acid, and calcium carbonate (all completely natural materials that have no associations with health problems), paper insulation can be blown into cavity walls, filling every crack and creating an almost draft-free space. 5 sustainable building materials that could transform construction. Image courtesy of curley house on flickr

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#tumbleweed #tinyhouses #tinyhome #tinyhouseplans minimhomes.com While not completely off grid, the tiny house offers a fantastic alternative to affordable living, one which benefits not only the home owner but the planet as well. Less resources are needed to build and maintain these houses, and utilities are extremely affordable compared to the current average costs. Meg Stephens from

#tumbleweed #tinyhouses #tinyhome #tinyhouseplans minimhomes.com While not completely off grid, the tiny house offers a fantastic alternative to affordable living, one which benefits not only the home owner but the planet as well. Less resources are needed to build and maintain these houses, and utilities are extremely affordable compared to the current average costs. Meg Stephens from

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