Sustainable building materials are more than recycled or reused materials and components. In order to be truly sustainable, the material must be examined from the time it is harvested as a raw material to the time it will need to be disposed of. When carrying out a Sustainable Development price is of course one consideration but more important is the environmental and health impact of the materials. Energy consumption, waste, emissions, and the resources’ ability to renew itself are the most important aspects. The energy consumption of a material during harvesting, transporting, processing, and use are all considered to decide if a material is truly sustainable and therefore suitable in the construction of a Sustainable Development.
If you could build a home that was healthier for your family as well as the environment would you? More people than ever are concerned with the carbon footprint their homes are leaving on the Earth, but now, using environmentally friendly building materials, your new home can be a sustainable home that actually benefits the surrounding environment and is healthier for your family at the same time. Having a design sustainable approach to these problems has benefitted research into new and innovative products, so we can now take a fresh look at how our buildings are constructed.
Local Materials for Sustainable Building
Local materials are usually the most common, used because of the greatly reduced energy needs in transportation. One example of sustainable construction materials is adobe. In West Asia, North Africa, West Africa, South America, South-western North America, and Spain adobe is used to construct all kinds of buildings. Not only is there almost no energy consumed in transportation, but the material is found everywhere. Many people simply use the adobe found right on the land where they are building. You will of course need a frame for support, but the adobe mixture is very strong and the home is somewhat naturally insulated because of the thickness of the walls and the density of the adobe itself. Once the home is built, the occupants will find lowered electric bills and less energy consumption than their neighbours who may not have used sustainable building materials, or indeed may not have Sustainable Homes.