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Green Building Materials for New Construction

by Tom Zibkowski 05/02/2021

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Eco-friendly homes are becoming much more common due to the benefits they provide, including significant energy savings and less of an impact on the environment. New construction homes can be green right from the start with the materials used to build them. These green building materials are often natural materials or renewable ones that are considered sustainable. Which kinds of building materials are used for green homes? The following are some common green building materials used for home construction.



Bamboo is a highly sustainable material used for building homes, since it is a fast-growing plant. This green building material offers a lightweight design combined with a high tensile strength that makes it difficult to damage, making it a good choice for flooring in many areas. Bamboo’s appearance can give new homes a naturalistic, whimsical style.


Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood provides a green source of wood for home construction, which helps reduce the number of trees that are cut down. This type of wood comes from many sources, including old barns, shipping pallets and even box cars. Reclaimed wood can be used for many areas of a new home, including the walls and floors. In addition to offering durability, this kind of wood has a unique appearance with distinctive markings, colors and patterns.



Cork is another sustainable material that is sometimes used as insulation for green homes. This material, which comes from the cork oak tree, can be harvested without damaging or destroying these trees. Cork offers a high degree of thermal insulation, which puts it among the most effective materials for insulating homes. Cork is also resistant to fire, as well as mold and mildew that can grow inside walls in damp conditions. This material, which offers good shock absorption, can also be used for flooring in new homes.


Recycled Steel

Recycled steel offers a sustainable alternative to wood for building frames for new homes. Builders can use this green building material, which is fully recyclable, to help save trees that would normally be cut down for home construction. Recycled steel offers durability and strength while also being resistant to fire and other sources of damage.


Precast Concrete Slabs

Precast concrete slabs can be used for building walls and facades in new homes. These slabs provide a more sustainable option compared to traditional concrete slabs, since they are manufactured and shipped whole to building sites instead of being made at the site. Overall, the require less energy to produce, which is healthier for the environment. Precast concrete slabs are also more resistant to cracks and other damage that traditional concrete can develop.


Straw Bales

Straw bale can be used for insulating new construction homes or as framing material. When used as insulation, this material is able to help home interior stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer, resulting in less energy usage. This kind of green building material has soundproof qualities, as well as some degree of fire resistance. Straw bales can be re-planted after being harvested for use as a building material, making it an eco-friendly and sustainable choice for new construction.

About the Author

Tom Zibkowski

Professional: I specialize in representing clients in the purchase and sale of real estate throughout Macomb and Oakland Counties. Throughout my 35 years in the business I have developed residential housing communities and currently work with some of the top home builders in the industry. Some of the custom home builders I work with are : Sal Mar Homes, GTR Builders, New Homes By Chirco, Cranbrook Homes,& Arteva Homes. If you are planning on building a custom home, please contact me. Through the years I have created a niche in the luxury home market and have represented many professional athletes and celebrities with their specific needs. Please contact me with any questions you may have regarding luxury homes throughout Michigan. When you list your home for sale with Tom Zibkowski you will receive the following: Experience: • Over 4000 closed sales since 1982, throughout Macomb and Oakland Counties • Rated as top 100 Agents nationwide by Wall Street Journal • Averaging over 40 million dollars in closed sales annually Services: • 3 full time administrative assistants to process transactions and communicate activities to customer constantly. • Professional photography with virtual tours & aerial virtual tours as needed. • Featured listing exposure on Luxury Portfolio International, • Full page color print advertising in Sunday Detroit News & Free Press. • Full page color print advertising in Michigan Luxury Homes Magazine • Daily internet updates of all public viewing activities and market updates. • Just listed color postcard direct mail campaigns to neighborhood. • Statewide multiple listing exposure. • Adwerx Internet pop-up display advertising campaigns Personal: I'm a Michigan native having been born and raised in the local area. My wife Jackie and I have two children. Troy is 23 years old, a licensed pilot and currently working in the real estate business. Tyler is 19 years old and is attending The College For Creative Studies, his major is transportation design.We live in Washington Township and are active in our community. My other website