Category: Good to Know Materials

Sustainable Building with SIPs

You have to love SIPs! They lower construction waste, provide better insulation, reduce skilled labor costs, are more resistant to natural disasters, and speed build time. Are you using them on your next project?

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My Green Mattress: The Environmentally-Friendly Mattress Made With Love

My Green Mattress founder Tim Masters first developed an all-natural mattress for his daughter Emily, who suffered from allergies and eczema. Today, the brand is a full-blown family-owned and operated factory handcrafting sustainable mattresses that are GOTS and GOLS Organic certified, making them one of the most environmentally friendly mattresses on the market.

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12 Rules for Buying Eco-Friendly Building Materials [Infographic]

Plenty of factors determine a material’s green factor, including renewability, efficiency, resource conservation, recyclability, and more. This infographic, courtesy of BuildingGreen, gives an incredibly fresh perspective on the important factors that go into choosing sustainable materials — including some components that are often forgotten.

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Reducing Exposure to Toxic Chemicals During Home Renovations

When it comes time to do a home renovation, it’s often easy to get swept up in creating the new design and choosing all the products. But, have you ever thought about what types of dust and contaminants you could be exposed to during demolition? Or, what types of chemicals might be released from the new products?

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7 Simple Steps to Decarbonize Your Home

With the climate crisis accelerating, we must minimize the carbon load of our buildings. This means reducing the embodied carbon that is used to create the materials that go into our buildings as well as the emissions of the buildings in operation.

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Havelock Wool Eco Friendly Insulation

You have probably heard of the phrase ‘farm to table’, but what about ‘farm to walls’? Meet Havelock Wool. Their natural wool insulation comes from sheep farms in New Zealand rather than from fossil fuels. Their raw material is both sustainable and renewable, recyclable and compostable and outperforms fiberglass, cellulose, cotton, mineral wool and foam. Their wool isn’t only good for the environment, it’s also good for your family’s health: serving as a source of air filtration, sound absorption and moisture management.

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