LEED BUILD IT UP

If you read this post, you’ll know we’ve been checking the eco goodness from the book LEED Materials A Resource Guide to Green Building. We’re back with more finds from the building side of things. As you might have read in many of our home and eco related posts, we’re itching to build our own ecological home, so naturally we’ve been looking into products that can offer the best of both the green world and the technology world. For instance, there’s always been a debate about concrete being an ecological product even though it’s manufacturing process goes completely against any eco principles you may have. But if you look at concrete from it’s durability, versatility and its thermo properties you understand that although it’s manufacturing process is questionable, it’s building credentials rival any ecological product.

Now we’re not saying that concrete is the greenest or best way to go when building a home because at the end of the day it comes down to much more than that, in fact before you decide on the structural material you’re wanting to use, you need to understand the purpose, location and environmental issues you’re building is going to face. Just as the three little pigs discovered (yes I did just mention a nursery rhyme) if you build a house of straw and a big wind comes along, the house won’t be standing for much longer.

Regardless of what you choose to build your home, here are some great LEED certified products you may want to consider.

Starting off with a concrete based product is Durisol. I’ve often looked and have been intrigued at building a house using polystyrene blocks that are filled in with concrete but I the main thing that concerns me is the strength of polystyrene. As most i-want-to-build-my-own-home type people, we’ve watched many a Grand Designs episode and we’ve seen these concrete filled polystyrene blocks burst at the seams and have to be rebuilt, which is a shame as the idea of building a lightweight easy to assemble structure has definite appeal.

Durisol have taken the easy-to-assemble idea but taken it a step further. What makes the Durisol blocks different is not only the lack of polystyrene, but also the use of wood. To be exact they use wood waste, turn it into wood chips then add it to the cement and mold it into block shapes. They also have a range that adds rockwool insulation to the inside to increase the insulation properties of the wall. Intrigued head over to Durisol

Taking the Lego block idea a little further is ZipBlocks, these use interlocking wood blocks to create a strong wooden wall. I am not 100% convinced by ZipBlocks but take a look for yourself at Zipblocks

Why heat or cool a house when you don’t need to? As a lot of energy can be saved by having a roof garden, or green roof. Colbond’s Enkadrain is a matting that is laid down on the roof allowing the plants put on top to grow better. Unfortunately you will never see it but your plants will be very happy. Go to Colbond for more information.

But what about vertical walls being green? Well don’t worry as Green Living can give you a exterior or interior wall thats a living garden. Yep grow a garden on your balcony wall or courtyard garden, herbs, flowers, grass or any combination you want. Just think it also helps keep the wall cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Want to order one head over to A Green Roof

Have we got you intrigued about LEED building materials? Or have you been using LEED products? We’d love to hear about it so why not leave us a comment.

Images from Durisol, Zipblocks, Colbond and A Green Roof.


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