The Latest in Eco-Friendly Home Building Materials

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The desire for sustainable building materials has evolved from finding an energy-saving solution, to sourcing the best in non-toxic, environmentally-responsible, or plant-based materials. Here are five innovative ideas for your upcoming home renovation plans.

Solar roofing tiles. This leading-edge technology, along with established solar panel options, allow homeowners to produce their own renewable energy and fulfill their dreams of living “off-the-grid.” Contact your local electrical utility to learn about options, requirements, and available incentives to sell your solar energy back to the grid.

Cross-laminated timber (CLT). Made by gluing layers of lumber together, CLT is used as an alternative to concrete. It is gaining popularity due to its ability to cut down on building time, installation costs, and its reduced carbon emission footprint.

Graphene paint. This sustainable lime-based material is celebrated for its light-absorbing and super-conductivity qualities. Created in the UK, graphene paint can help regulate temperature, thereby reducing heating and cooling costs.

Terrazzo. Terrazzo is made up from small chips of marble, quartz, or glass mixed in concrete with resin, and can be used as a substitute for granite or stone. Once popular in the 70s, it is making a comeback and is available in a wide variety of colours and sizes.

Hempcrete. Generically known as ‘bonded cellulose insulation’, this composite is made of a hemp by-product (called shives) mixed with a lime binder. It is used as a construction and insulation material, is renewable, and performs well in humid conditions.

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