Adopting Sustainable Building Materials/Products
Selection of environmentally preferable products and materials is an important step in construction of a sustainable building. Finishes and materials should have low toxicity to protect indoor air quality. Energy-efficient products are key to meeting green building objectives and balancing integrated systems. Recycled products should be used whenever possible to conserve natural resources. Sustainably harvested products help to protect natural ecosystems.
For the purpose of this website, we will focus on sustainable materials that are recyclable, have recycled content and have low embodied energies.
In addition, design for deconstruction (DfD) will also be looked at. Proper DfD can enhance the quality and the amount of material that can be reused and recycled. With good planning, one can transform a building at it end of its useful life into a material source of a new building.