The concept of eco-friendly is not merely a marketing babble. Reducing carbon footprints and even improving the efficiency of your home by reducing the consumption of energy is a huge deal when it comes to building properties these days. A number of natural materials have been discovered and even gone through further research in order to improve the sustainable elements of a building.
Stones are inherently natural and are extremely durable, which is a highly desirable factor when it comes to sustainability and reducing carbon footprint. Although stones have received bad press due to the process of the extraction of stones, it is noteworthy that modern equipments and process have improved greatly and a lot of companies extracting stones are known to undertake the task of restoration projects as well, which is highly essential in the continuity of the availability of the stones as well. Consult the companies if you have any questions regarding the extraction methods of the stones.
The life-cycle of stone is longer compared to most building materials. In terms of cost perspective, although stones can be very expensive at first, the durability and the long life cycle of stones can make them more cost-effective in the long term, as you won’t need to replace parts that are broken or parts that has expired in its life cycle.
Because of its durability and the compact mass that make for good insulators, stones highly increases the value of your house. Stones are also generally low maintenance, and they are also fire resistant. Natural stones are great investment when it comes to building your properties.
Bamboo is hands down, one of the best materials when the factor of sustainability comes to play. Bamboo is also known to have extreme rapid growth. The plants grow more individual trees through their own roots. Because of the impressive regeneration ability of bamboos, a lot of people had expressed that “bamboo is essentially a weed”.
Bamboo is also pest resistant, making the usage of pesticides generally minimum to zero, making it a great eco-friendly resource compared to most forest woods.
Just like bamboo, cork is one of the fastest growing resources, a factor that is contributes a significant weight to the sustainability factor. Corks are harvested in abundance. These corks grow back again in very short amount of time. When you think corks, you think of wine stoppers, but corks have virtually limitless use and is highly versatile when it comes to construction materials.
Unfortunately right now, corks can only be found in the Mediterranean area, Portugal to be precise. This means less point for the “locally sourced” factor as it needs to be transported possibly to great lengths. However corks are very lightweight, and it sort of balances out the factor of the limited area where it’s growing.
This material is excellent for insulation. Sheep wool does not degrade as quickly as other nature-based insulation materials, straws, for example. Compared to cotton, another natural insulation material, sheep wool is also way faster to grow back. However, sheep wool is not a material everyone can afford, although this has changed over time as demands gradually rise.