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The Top Green Building Materials

Here are some of the best green building materials for the industry to consider.

According to The Culture Chronicle, these are the top materials that green homebuilders should try.

Bamboo is one of the best materials for sustainable construction today. It grows like a weed, so there’s a constant supply of bamboo available. Best of all, bamboo grows on almost every continent—minus Europe and Antarctica—in only a few days. That means there’s an ever-growing supply within a short growth span. It’s sturdy, resilient, and long-lasting. Builders will see strength parallel to concrete and brick in bamboo. However, due to bamboo’s natural composition, insect and rot treatment are necessary to prevent damage.

Straw Bale
Straw bales are another popular green building alternative. Straw is an excellent framing material commonly used as insulation and for soundproofing. It’s also used as filler material for wooden beams. Since straw bales don’t allow oxygen to pass through, it’s a naturally fire-resistant material that can support older or wooden buildings.

Recycled Plastic
There are many reasons why recycled plastic is making new ground in construction. It’s one of the most eco-friendly materials today. Given the amount of disposed plastic in oceans and ecosystems around the world, recycled plastic is a great way to reuse and repurpose discarded trash into usable materials. One way is through high-density polyethylene found in recycled jugs, bottles, and containers. Using HDPE plastics reduces the ecological impact of manufacturing, which further reduces carbon emissions and fossil fuel consumption. Not to mention the high-strength polymers make it a durable, resilient alternative to wood, concrete, and brick.

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