The advantages of energy-efficient home building materials are not restricted to saving electricity. Energy-efficient houses provide extra comfort and safety, it also contributes to your health as an individual.
Some of the non-natural building materials are known to emit toxic chemicals which are harmful to our health. According to users of Collected.Reviews, eco-friendly materials are more cost-efficient when compared with non-natural products. By employing green building materials, you consume less energy, which will contribute positively to our environment.
Finding the best energy companies is not difficult if you have decided on the energy-efficient materials you will use in building your home.
Listed below are some energy efficient materials you may want to consider.
1. Insulated Concrete
This energy-efficient home building material provides strength, support, and it is impact resistant. It is good for seismic and hurricane-prone areas. It has good thermal resistance and curtails heat loss. Insulated concrete does not rot when exposed to moisture and is ten times stronger than wooden structures (buildings).
2. Cooling Roof
The cool roof employs the theory of color to keep your home at an optimum temperature. The theory which says that; black takes in heat and white reflects heat. This concept is effective in warm regions of the world. When sunlight strikes the white surface, 80% of the heat is reflected, 10% heats the environment, 8% is absorbed by air, and only 1% heats the structure (home).
3. Structural insulated panels (SPIs)
SIPs provide an incredibly strong and energy-efficient building choice. It can be used to construct walls, ceilings, roofs and floors. They are highly energy-efficient and help to reduce CO2 level in our environment.
4. Straw Bales
Straw bales were widely used in the medieval ages. They are known for their insulation properties. Straw is a by-product of grain and can withstand a long period of use if kept dry. The use of straw bales will reduce extreme heat and cold inside your home.
5. Plant-Based Polyurethane Rigid foam
Plant-Based Polyurethane rigid foam is made from natural products like bamboo, hemp and kelp. It has high resistance to heat, water, mould, rot and other pests. The low density and thermal conductivity of plant-based Polyurethane foam, combined with its fascinating mechanical properties makes it an outstanding thermal and sound insulator.
6. Recycled Wood/Plastic Composite Lumber
Wood and Lumber buildings are prone to mould and rot. The recycled wood or plastic composite lumber is built using a 50-50 mix of plastic wastes and wood fibers rendering it mould resistant and less harmful.
7. Low E-windows
Windows are an important part of your building. Using a Low-E (low-emissivity) window, can help keep your home cool in summer and as well restrict infrared radiation and ultraviolet light. During winter the windows conserve the heat inside bolstering a favorable temperature at your home.
Choosing an energy-efficient home building material depends on some factors such as your climatic condition, cost, durability, preference (taste) and geographical location. These should be considered when setting out to build your energy-efficient home.