Trends in green building:
- Fiber-cement siding is better for the environment than vinyl and
will last longer than wood.
Pressure-treated lumber - Instead of CCA treating lumber (Chromated
Copper Arsenate), an alternative is ACQ (Alkaline, Copper and Quat)
Insulation can be used instead of fiberglass. cotton has an added
benefit of having great sound absorption.
considered one of the best choices as a sustainable environmental product
for hardwood floors. It is available in either a distinctive style
where you see the "knots" that occur in bamboo every six inches or
so, or a conventional grain look, where the bamboo is cut so you
don't see these knots.
can choose from a variety of colors: ranging from a light "natural"
color to a darker "carbonated" finish. Don't worry, once
it's dried, bamboo isn't green colored like you think of live
grows fast, so it's a great choice versus other woods. To five you
an idea, bamboo matures in 3.5 to 7 years, vs. 120 years for oak. It can be cut
and will grow back quickly and is considered a "sustainable"
can learn more at the
Green Resource Center website.
is also gaining popularity. Once palm trees stop producing coconuts,
they are cut and new ones planted.
Flooring for the Environment