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List of Green Building Materials for your House

Posted by: Bhushan Avastthi | Posted on: October 11th, 2013

Green building has become more of a necessity than a luxury in recent times. Earlier there was a debate about the cost related to green building. But with the advantages that green building provides the cost factor can be overlooked. With times there has been a paradigm shift in the way houses are being built. Nowadays residents also prefer houses that have eco-friendly materials in it. The most important thing is the sustainability factor in the houses. Let us now look at few of the eco-friendly materials that you can include in your house:

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  • Abaca: Abaca is a banana like plant that is typically found in tropical countries. It is one of the many species of banana native to the Philippines, and is extensively grown in Borneo and Sumatra. This material can be used in houses in the form of woven cloth, place mats and curtains to small furniture such as center and side tables.
  • Bamboo: As discussed in our previous article; bamboo is strong, resilient, beautiful, abundant and affordable grass that is considered to be one of the best materials that one can explore when it comes to eco-friendliness in houses. The reason for that being; it is renewable source of energy and biodegradable. It also prevents erosions or landslides. Further bamboo groves have been found to release 30%-40% more oxygen compared to hardwood forests with same volume. Bamboo shoots or young bamboo can be made into pickles and its stalk are extensively used in construction, furniture-making, and even clothing. The beauty about bamboo is the fact that it can be made virtually into anything from bathroom mats to blinds, window shades, wall, and floor panels.
  • Banana Leaves: Bananas are abundantly found in Southeast Asia and South America. Its leaves are used for decoration and also for serving and preparing food in countries like India, Malaysia, Philippines and even in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Mexico. The other use of banana leaves is when they are dried and weaved they can used as beautiful baskets, candle holders, magazine racks, trays, mirror and picture frames, and a lot more.
  • Coconut Products: Coconut is grown in tropical and subtropical countries and is considered to be one of the best eco-friendly products. The remarkable thing about this plant is the fact that almost every part of the palm can be used from leaves to its roots. It can be used to create household items such as curtains, wall decors, bowls, and baskets. The coconut coir fibers are great source for making door mats, carpets, and rugs.
  • Cogon Grass: Cogon grass is a weed that damages crops. But there are many ingenious ways of utilizing cogon grass which includes creating place mats, carpets, magazine holders and other useful items.
  • Corn: Corn is one such product that can be used after being discarded. The discarded corn husks can be used in furniture such as home dĂ©cor. They are equally brilliant and elegant compared to bamboo, seagrass, and other natural materials. A company known as Corn Board Manufacturing, Inc. has developed a proprietary corn-based composite board that can be used instead of particle board, plywood or fiberboard for furniture and house construction.
  • Jute: Jute is one of the most consumed and produced vegetable fiber after cotton. Some of the uses of jute include jute rugs, curtains, sacks, rugs, chair upholstery and even linoleum backing. It is 100% biodegradable making it a great option for your house.


About Author:

Bhushan Avsatthi

Bhushan Avsatthi is a senior manager, consultant, BIM expert and a green building advisor with more than 15 years of industry experience. Bhushan imbibes the prophecy of efficient and prudent use of energy in his day to day life and advices his team to do so as well. He is also involved in green initiatives like nonprofit tree plantation project and promotes using cycles for commuting small distances. Bhushan, handles a team of architects, Structural and MEP engineers, LEED consultants and Energy modeling experts.