5 of the world’s most eco-friendly building materials
Environmental impact is a wide topic that more people and sectors of the economy are paying attention to when making daily living and business decisions. Information on the issue is particularly coming to light in the construction industry, which traditionally is known for its harsh impacts on natural resources and environments.
Numerous eco-friendly building materials have emerged in the marketplace to reduce the environmental impact of building construction and operations. But identifying the world’s most eco-friendly building materials can be a bit tricky because different people have different definitions of sustainability.
Some, for example, solely look at whether a material is locally sourced. They seek out “things that are available, that don’t have to travel far, that are using local resources and what is easily available in the construction market,” Eric Mackres, manager of building sustainability at the World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, told Smart Cities Dive. “That’s one definition of eco. Another one would be around the embodied energy of the materials.”
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