We all know about global warming and its continuous hazardous effects on the environment. One of the reasons for this is the items that we have at home. Almost all our appliances rely on fossil fuel-powered electrical power, which destroys the ozone layer.
For instance, the television, the lights, the air-conditioning unit, the washing machine, the thermostat, the refrigerator, and almost all electronic appliance contributes to global warming.
Solutions being done
Because of the negative impact that these appliances and devices contribute on our environment, corporations, scientists, and innovators have been finding ways on how carbon emissions will be decreased while still enjoying the out most pleasures in having these devices.
Car manufacturers have developed hybrid cars that could be powered by electricity. These cars do not rely on diesel or any other form of fuel, which makes it safer for the environment. Solar power has been an option for years.
When it comes to household appliances, greener choices are already widely available in the market. For instance, appliances with the Energy Star logo has been proven to have fewer emissions of greenhouse gases. Smart devices today can even have an option wherein they automatically turn off once detected that no person is using the device,
Not only do we have a problem with greenhouse gas, but we also face the problem of having too much waste present on our planet.
According to National Geographic, our world generates at least 3.5 million tons of plastic and other solid waste a day. This is ten times more than the amount of waste we produced a century ago. The U.S, itself produces 250 million tons (around 4.4lbs. of clutter per individual every single day), of garbage a year, making it the world king of trash.
There are also solutions being acted upon these underlying problems. Products made from different waste materials are being made each day to recycle the trash that is being produced by humans each day. Also, governments around the world are banning plastics in stores to decrease their usage. Alternative methods, like using reusable containers and paper bags instead of plastic bags when doing groceries, are also being pushed across all states as well.
When it comes to housing materials, recycled and recyclable materials are also becoming a trend. In fact, it was projected that the green building materials industry could generate a staggering $255 billion in profits.
What are some green building materials?
Here are some of the most eco-friendly materials that can be used in construction:
- Recycled steel- Recycled steel has become an enormously popular green building material because less carbon footprint will be emitted if there is less forging of steel. It uses steel that is already being used in the structure of houses like the beams and girders. Steel that came from bulldozed vehicles can also be a help. The reclaimed steel from six junked cars provides enough recycled steel to build a 2000-square-foot house. Recycling saves 75 percent of the energy costs utilized in making the steel.
- Bamboo- Unlike trees such as pine and cedar, the bamboo tree can grow way faster, that is why bamboo is increasing in popularity as a building material. It has a great deal of tensile strength and can be used in walls and flooring. It is an ideal building material because it can be used behind the scenes — underneath another type of flooring, for example — and as wall screens and mats. Bamboo is very sustainable since it grows quickly. Bamboo can be reforested much more promptly and grows throughout the world.
- Sheep’s wool- Just like bamboo, sheep’s wool can regrow in a short matter of time. After shearing, sheep inherently produce a new crop. Besides the use of clothing, sheep’s wool can be used as an energy-efficient insulator.
- Precast concrete- Concrete is a natural material that can be recycled, making it an appropriate choice for eco-friendly homes. Also, pre-cast concrete is eco-friendlier than concrete poured on-site. It is poured into pre-made molds over rebar or wire, then cured. Once the concrete has hardened, it can be shipped and placed into multiple structures. As a result, precast concrete achieves economies of scale that concrete which is poured on-site cannot.
What other parts of the house can use eco-friendly materials?
If you talk about the part of the house and the eco-friendly materials used, the roof comes to mind because the material used in making the roof determines its strength and durability. If you want to know more about the materials that are eco-friendly when it comes to roofing, you can view this infographic from Fahey Roofing Contractors.