Materials

Things like caulk and insulation are certainly not the sexiest things to think about when you’re building or renovating, but it doesn’t make them any less important. Every material you use – from green roof systems to eco friendly foundations – has an impact on the environment and often your health, as well. Plus, despite what you might think, there are some very interesting, wow-worthy eco friendly house building materials to consider these days. Here are some examples:

  • Recycled denim insulation – Better for the environment, better thermal performance, better acoustics control, better for indoor air quality, and easier to install since it’s doesn’t irritate skin or your respiratory system. Why would we let any denim end up in a landfill when it’s such an incredible resource?
  • Solar shingles – These little guys harvest energy just like solar panels, but they’re easier to install. Just like their bulkier big brothers, they’re tax-subsidized, they protect the roof, and they can potentially be profitable (if you capture more energy than you need).
  • Bark siding and shingles – This material is truly amazing. When processing lumber, the bark is typically discarded as debris, burned, or in some cases used to make mulch. Using bark as sustainable building materials rescues it from this fate and provides a highly sustainable alternative to traditional siding and shingling materials. Bark siding can last 75 to 100 years without any painting, sealant, or regular maintenance. (Unbelievable, right?) The absence of paint or stain means there’s never any chemical runoff. Plus, the kiln- drying process sterilizes it against fungus and pests (meaning no pesticides or other harmful chemicals are required). Also, bark that is kiln-dried will never warp or shrink upon installation. Incredible!
Sustainable Home Gyms: How to Set Up Your Own

Sustainable Home Gyms: How to Set Up Your Own

Setting up your own sustainable home gym lets you keep fit while staying environmentally friendly. Focus on where your equipment and furnishings came from; what’s in them; and flexibility and efficiency in how they’re used. You’ll be surprised at how great you can feel about feeling great.

I.M. Pei’s Modernist Legacy Lives On In This Eco Renovation

I.M. Pei’s Modernist Legacy Lives On In This Eco Renovation

I.M. Pei and Araldo Cossutta’s modernist architecture extended to Hyde Park, Chicago in 1961 with the design of the now-historic University Park Condominium. Elemental Green enlisted local architect Richard Kasemsarn to help give one of the penthouse units a green makeover while staying true to its modernist beginnings.

Elemental Green Founder Sheridan Foster Dishes on #EcoRenovate

Elemental Green Founder Sheridan Foster Dishes on #EcoRenovate

Are you planning to renovate your home? The product choices you make can have a huge impact on your health and the planet. Elemental Green’s Founder and CEO Sheridan Foster gives us some such examples as she walks us through our first branded renovation in Chicago’s Hyde Park.

Ipe Sustainably Harvested Wood Decking

Ipe Sustainably Harvested Wood Decking

With genuine beauty and durability, ipe decking will stand up to harsh climates and resist insect damage, mold, and decay. It’s no wonder architects and designers across the world use ipe wood in high-end homes and applications.

Unraveling the Many Fair Trade Certifications

Unraveling the Many Fair Trade Certifications

Buying Fair Trade has the power to change lives and lift up communities and the environment. Consumers can expect to pay a premium for Fair Trade brands that pay fair wages, practice sustainability, and invest in communities. So Elemental Green helps you tease out just how green or equitable a product or specific brand actually is.

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