In recent years, individuals, as well as organizations, have been making a shift towards offering and using environmentally conscious products and services. Now more than ever, people are looking towards using green alternatives in every facet of our lives to reduce our carbon footprint and help the Earth. This is especially true for building materials, as many of the resources previously used for construction were harmful to the environment.
From the exterior building materials to the interior technology and decorations- creating an eco-friendly structure in your backyard can be accomplished when you know where to start. If you are considering building a new structure on your property, then here’s how to go green with your next build.
One of the most significant ways to go green is to reduce your new structure’s footprint- from its construction to its use afterwards. Any structure reduces its environmental footprint when it’s on a smaller scale. Small build designs offer just as much luxury and fun; it just comes in a smaller package, reducing the project’s costs overall for an added bonus.
Scaling down your new structure, whether a backyard shed, home office or studio, pool cabana, or prefab garage, doesn’t mean you have to scale back on the design itself and the comforts of the building within. Tiny homes have been a highly popular construction of late, illustrating to everyone that great things come in small packages.
Use Sustainable Building Materials for Your Siding
When it comes to the siding of your new structure, there are many types of materials that can help keep the build eco-friendly. Many people turn to drywall when finishing a building’s interior. However, drywall can be very dangerous to the environment when the material is thrown out in landfills, as it almost always is. Even though drywall is fully recyclable, very few will properly dispose of this material in the right way. A green alternative to drywall includes wood products, like cedar, and wood fibre materials, like Canexel.
Canexel is made from wood pulp and resin, making this engineered wood an environmentally-friendly siding option, and it is a highly durable material, adding longevity to any build. Resistant to weather extremes and easy to maintain makes Canexel siding a top choice as far as sustainable building materials go.
Another option is to use locally sourced material, like your domestic wood sources. Building a backyard structure from your region’s tree species does a great job of lowering the emissions incurred when importing building materials. At the same time, you gain a building that reflects the local environment, adding a beautiful touch to your property.
Choose Environmentally Friendly Flooring
Locally sourced building materials can also be used to construct the foundation and flooring of your structure. Concrete is a sustainable material that can be used for your build’s foundation as well as flooring. Recently, interior designers have fallen in love with concrete as an environmentally friendly flooring, thanks to its durability, low maintenance needs, and the easy ability to cover it with another flooring should you feel the need to.
Wood is another great eco-friendly building material, and it offers a bit more warmth and heat retention than concrete. Wood panel flooring can fit any aesthetic and building design, as there are so many options available.
Opt for Eco-Friendly Windows
Vinyl and wood trims for windows are great choices when it comes to sustainable building materials. A well-sealed vinyl or wood window will help keep the building insulated. Vinyl and wood windows also save energy as they keep the hot air inside on those cold winter days and contain the cool air during the summer heatwaves.
Vinyl windows are also durable and long-lasting. After numerous decades of use, they can be fully recycled to reduce the demand for more materials. Whichever sustainable materials you use to construct your windows, you’ll gain a stunning frame that goes with any building design you have in mind.
Outfit Your Structure with Sustainable Technology
The environmental impact of appliances can be astonishing. That’s why many popular brands of kitchen and home-living appliances now offer greener products, such as net-zero dishwashers and refrigerators, solar-powered lights and many other sustainable technologies.
There are many benefits to using eco friendly appliances, including an overall lower energy bill each month. The Canadian government also offers individuals an energy savings rebate program to encourage the use of these energy-efficient, sustainable technologies. Therefore, when outfitting your new structure’s interior, shop for gadgets that are ENERGY STAR certified or offer net-zero energy.
Go Green with Your Roofing Choice
When it comes to your roofing, opt for wood or metal roofing for eco-friendly building materials. It is always best to stay away from asphalt shingles when going green, as asphalt makes up one of the highest percentages of building waste in Canada.
Metal roofing can up the price of your structure, but it will also improve its longevity too, as metal roofs have a lifespan of over 50 years when cared for. However, if you don’t like the look of metal and you’re in the market for something a little more unique and green, why not try a green roof.
A green roof is not just green in that it is eco-friendly, but actually green, as the roof is covered with grass. This green grass roof is a great way to lower your structure’s footprint and bring more nature to your property. This building choice also adds a unique touch to the structure, creating an overall earthy feel as well as an eye-grabbing feature.
With all that in mind, it’s always best to choose recyclable materials when they come to the end of their life span. Learn more about the best roofing materials for sheds for your next build.
Hire a Professional to Cut Down on Building Waste
Working with a professional can help you save time, money, and the environment as we only use the highest quality materials and wood products for our projects. Our team here at Summerwood Products knows what and how many materials are needed for a build without wasting extra resources to get the job done right.
Summerwood provides customers with building kits and pre-assembled structures, so there is no extra waste of materials or energy when constructing. With gorgeous designs and wood materials to choose from, there is no need to compromise on an aesthetic for a greener build.
Enlist our help today and gain a high-quality product that is both stunning and environmentally friendly so your new build gets the best of both worlds!