Any prospective home builder who listens to sustainable construction advice should know about the choices in building materials that are environmentally friendly. Timber is the traditional material used for the frame or the house, but unless it is sourced carefully it is not always an eco friendly choice. Trees are a renewable resource, but most take a long time to become mature enough to cut for building a house. However, pine grows more quickly and you can source timber from dedicated pine plantations.
Here are some more building material options you may not have thought of –
- Many people choose concrete for their whole house instead of just the flooring slab. It has good thermal mass, meaning it has the ability to keep the home at a stable temperature so there is less need for heating and cooling.