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Eco-Friendly Building Material Options for Your Project

Eco-Friendly Building Material Options for Your Project

Building your own home is a dream that many of us share, but the realities of it from an eco-perspective? Well, they’re not ideal.

On average, the CO2 cost for a new build two-bed two-bath cottage comes in at roughly 80 tonnes. Meanwhile, an existing property of the same size uses around 8.1 tonnes of CO2 a year. It doesn’t take a mathematical genius to work out that building a properly is significantly tougher on the environment than living in an existing property.

It’s a problem which has weighed heavy on every home builder with designs on creating an eco-home, but it’s not one which can’t be overcome. In fact, by using eco-conscious building techniques, materials and installing green-energy solutions, it’s possible to offset much of that carbon impact.

Part of that is in using innovative eco-friendly building materials, which is how we build our eco-homes. Here are some potential eco-friendly building materials for your new home:

Hay Bales

Hay bales might not seem like a natural fit for a modern home, but they’re actually one of the most popular eco-friendly building materials going right now. Easily stacked into position, they make for incredible insulation on interior walls, helping to keep regular temperatures within the home without any real CO2 impact.

Fast growing, totally sustainable and with amazing benefits for your home? Those are the benefits of hay bales.

Bamboo

Utilised for millennia in many parts of the world as a building material, bamboo is making its way over to the west in a big way as a lightweight, strong, renewable and attractive building and cladding material.

Bamboo is fast growing, super lightweight and boasts a remarkably high tensile strength which makes it ideal for framing buildings. Additionally, it’s light weight means a steep reduction of the CO2 impact of transport.

Recycled Materials

Recycled materials have made their way into everyday life in the form of plastic bottles, kitchen roll and other everyday essentials, so why not integrate them into the construction your home?

Everything from reclaimed lumber, recycled plastics and even recycled metals can be utilised in the construction of your home to drive down the CO2 cost of your property. It results in a home which boasts all of the modern features and safety of a new property, without further depleting the resources of the earth.

Compressed Earth Blocks

Traditional bricks can have a heavy ecological impact, which is why many are turning back the clock and returning to a building material which has rarely been seen in the went for centuries – earth.

Compressed earth blocks (CEBs) are alternatives to bricks which are made primarily from damp soil, which is compressed at high pressures to form ultra-tough bricks which make for an exceptional building material. It’s not the only way earth can be used either, with earth rooftops growing in popularity thanks to their insulation properties and the potential to grow plant life on them, further boosting the green credentials of a property.

To learn more about eco-friendly materials and building practices, get in touch today.