There are array of innovative and cost-effective building materials that builder can choose.
Sustainable building materials, also known as green building materials, are the hottest, fastest-growing construction products on the market.
Demand for these innovative building materials is expanding rapidly because of their virtually unlimited benefits.
Material such as spray foam insulation, environmentally conscious wood and synthetic building alternatives are starting to replace traditional materials, both to save money and preserve the environment.
Spray foam insulation
Expanding spray foam insulation, made from isocyanate and polyol resin, is an increasingly popular way to insulate electrical and plumbing penetrations, wall chases and holes in building envelopes.
Because it is less permeable than fibreglass or blown cellulose insulation, the benefits of spray foam are its unique ability to thoroughly fill in every available nook and cranny as it expands, creating a tight seal.
Unlike traditional insulation, spray foam stops outside air from getting into or out of the attic or other breaks in the building envelope.
As a result, the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air-conditioning) system can effectively heat or cool the home using less energy.
It also eliminates the potential fire hazard of piling cellulose insulation on top of wiring and recessed can housings in the attic.
Alternative wood options are growing in popularity for practical and environmental reasons.
Some eco-friendly alternatives to conventional timber:
MDF – Medium Density Fibre (MDF) board is made from sawdust compressed with resin, which is better for the environment because it reuses waste.
It’s catching on for limited uses such as crown moulding and cabinetry.
MDF is recommended for interior doors because the resin used in the manufacturing process greatly reduces the occurrence of curling or warping.
OSB – Oriented Strand Board (OSB) can be an inexpensive substitute for plywood.
It’s also more eco-friendly, because it’s made from chips leftover from the manufacturing process.
Whereas plywood tends to warp, OSP doesn’t, giving it more uniform dimensions.
It does have a propensity to expand when wet, but certain OSB products are treated to withstand moisture and therefore suitable for uses like roofing, flooring and as sheathing board.
Stronger, straighter and lighter than sawn lumber, OSB I-beams are the most popular floor support beams used in new home construction.
PVC – According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Centre, cellular PVC (polyvinyl chloride) lumber keeps its shape and never needs painting.
Fibre Cement – for siding and trim boards, Fibre cement offers similar benefits to other synthetic products, while offering a wider variety of available finishes.
Usage of appropriate building materials plays a vital role to make high quality environment friendly building.
Several industry players have already made products with new innovation which minimize environment contamination, reduce energy usage and optimize alternative energy.
Several technology innovations of production processes have been developed in order to make the materials industry eco-friendly.
(this article written for 1BINA.my)