Green Building Materials for Your Remodeling Project

Green Building Materials for Your Remodeling Project
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    With environmental awareness steadily gaining ground among homeowners, more and more people are looking into ways to transform their space into a more sustainable and efficient place.

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Choosing to go green does not only benefit the environment, it can also help lower your electricity and water bills and even improve your health. If you’re having a renovation or extension or are building a new home, here are some tips to achieve the perfect eco-friendly space.

Start from the Bottom Up

You don’t have to sacrifice beauty when choosing to go the green path. There are plenty of ecological flooring options that are just as beautiful as more popular flooring choices. Easily renewable materials such as bamboo and linoleum floors are great substitutes for hardwood, vinyl. or tiled floors. Make sure to choose real linoleum made from linseed oil, wood filler, and resins instead of the cheap PVC-based versions.

For areas in your home where you want softer, warmer floors, cork flooring or carpets made from renewable materials like wool or cotton fiber are also smart alternatives.

Paint It Green

If you’re looking for eco-friendly paint, you’ve probably encountered the term VOC. VOCs or volatile organic compounds are organic chemicals that are emitted as gases by plenty of household products including paints, lacquers, pesticides, cleaning supplies, and so on. These gases can be harmful to people and the environment so when choosing paint, choose one with a low-VOC formula. Some high-quality paint brands even offer paints that are completely stripped of VOCs.

If you want to know more about the green standards for paint products, look for resources from green building organizations and certification systems such as LEED, GREENGUARD, and Master Painter’s Institute.

Keep Your Home Warm

Keeping your home comfortably warm can also be achieved using green building materials. For insulation, the top eco-friendly choices involve recycled materials like recycled paper or denim scraps.

Cellulose insulation is made from 80% recycled newspaper and is excellent at keeping your home warm. Renewable materials such as wool are also a good option, but it costs a bit more than cellulose insulation.

Conserve Energy and Water

Although most people know to choose water-saving toilets, faucets, and washers, and energy-saving light bulbs and appliances, there are still some aspects that not many people put much thought into.

For instance, double-glazed or triple-glazed windows are highly energy efficient. They also work wonders when it comes to keeping heat from escaping your home. If you or a family member always forgets to turn off the lights and appliances, home automation is a great way to make sure that you’re not wasting electricity.

Consider major additions such as solar panels or water recycling as well. These systems might cost you a sizeable amount upfront, but the savings you’ll reap from them in the long run more than makes up for the initial costs.

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