1. Carbon negative cement alternative
After water, cement is the second most consumed product on our planet. Unfortunately, the production process for cement creates a huge carbon footprint due to the limestone being heated to more than 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit.
Instead of traditional concrete, homeowners can now choose Ferrock™, an environmentally friendly cement alternative that is green from manufacturing to construction. Ferrock™ is made without heat using recycled materials such as steel dust and silica. In addition to soaking up greenhouse gasses, it has also been found to be five times stronger than traditional Portland concrete!
Bamboo isn’t just for tiki torches and tropical themed rooms – more and more eco-conscious consumers are choosing bamboo as a building material. Bamboo is a versatile building material that can be used in everything from flooring to furniture - and even entire houses! Unlike wood, which can take decades to regrow once cut, bamboo is a self-regenerating resource. Because it is incredibly fast growing, it can be replanted and regrown soon after it is cut.
Bamboo is an ideal building material because it is both durable and affordable. Because it is naturally lightweight, flexible, and water resistant, it has minimal risk of warping over time. Likewise, many are surprised to find that bamboo can be both stronger than steel as well as heartier than oak. Combined with its high rate of regrowth and the fact that it produces 35% more oxygen than trees as well as absorbing 40% more CO2 emissions, bamboo is the perfect green building material.
3. Reclaimed lumber and steel
If you love the look of wood but hate the environmental impact it has, consider reclaimed lumber. Reclaiming wood from discarded products, or demolished buildings, allows you to use wood without the negative environmental implications. Likewise, reclaimed wood can also add character, visual interest, and dimension to new construction.
When it comes to steel, over 65 million tons of it are recycled each year. Using recycled steel instead of new steel saves space in landfills, while also reducing the energy used in steel production by 75%. Recycled steel can also be used to frame houses; while an average 2,000 square foot home requires 50-60 trees as the lumber for framing, the same house can be built with the recycled steel of about 6 cars. Likewise, steel’s durability as a building material is ideal in areas with earthquakes or high winds.