As energy efficiency shifts from a controversial debate topic to a common lifestyle, demand for homes that emphasize sustainability will skyrocket. With this demand for green houses becoming more and more prominent, home builders have begun to invest in new construction materials and methods that make residences more conducive to sustainable living. According to Navigant Research, a green technologies and business practices news outlet, one of the strategies that builders are beginning to look at for inspiration is actually something from the past.
The source reports that construction companies have begun using older, more traditional materials that had been ignored by the building industry for decades. Because these older materials have environmentally-friendly roots, they are perfectly conducive to building the kinds of green homes that Americans are clamoring for.
"Innovation in green materials is driving, in a sense, a regression, in which materials made from bio-based or quickly regenerating resources that are low in embodied energy and carbon, are re-emerging," said Eric Bloom, a Navigant senior research analyst, in a press statement. "Examples include timber structures and cladding, straw-bale construction, lime renders and mortars, cellulose insulation, bamboo flooring and natural mineral and fiber floor coverings."
According to the source, an additional report entitled "Materials in Green Buildings" asserts that this demand for green home construction will create a surge in market growth for these materials, from a current value of $116 billion to an estimated $254 billion by the end of the decade.
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