For many years, the construction industry has been known as one of the most wasteful and least sustainable industries; the materials used to construct buildings, the equipment used for demolition and the transportation required of materials to the site, all have a huge carbon footprint.

As buyers have become more environmentally conscious and more young people start entering the housing market however, the demand for eco-friendly homes and buildings has increased. This has led to the emergence of new and more sustainable building materials. It has also has led to the emergence of new types of homes, everything from sandbag houses to houses made of bamboo and straw bales are now completely viable housing alternatives that are far more sustainable than traditional homes.

This infographic from 4Everdeck looks at the eco-friendly building materials being used in constructing houses to help reduce the carbon footprint of the industry.

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5 Eco-Friendly Building Materials Changing Home Design

Irma Wallace

Irma Wallace

Co-founder and Vice President of SearchRank, responsible for many of the day to day operations of the company. She is also founder of The Arizona Builders’ Zone, a construction / home improvement portal.

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