Building a home? Think about building a “Green Home.” Higher Market Value, healthier environment, possible tax benefits, lower utility bills, are some of the benefits of building a green home.
Where to start? A good rule of thumb is to look for products that are made from natural and renewable materials, in addition to recycled products. Here are some products to choose for:
Flooring: Bamboo, Cork, Certified Forest Stewardship Council wood planks. Natural fiber carpets. Linoleum instead of vinyl or sheet flooring.
Paints: Use low VOC paint or Zero VOC paint. Natural paint made from natural earth materials and are biodegradable and completely free of petrochemicals. Non-toxic stains and sealers.
Walls and Ceilings: Recycled-content drywall, EcoRock and Certified FSC wood for framing.
Caulks & Adhesives: Use soy based caulks and low VOC adhesives and sealants.
Insulation: Soybean foam spray insulation, Sheep’s wool batt insulation
Roofing: Recycled metal, slate tile, clay tile, fiber cement shingles, FSC wood shakes, or even, a green roof.
These are just some of the products that are on the market to help you either build or remodel your home into a green home.