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Sustainable Building
Most modern buildings are built inefficiently, requiring high-energy input to build and maintain, using materials that insulate poorly, and failing to take advantage of locally abundant renewable resources. Furthermore, building construction accounts for 72 percent of all lumber used in the U.S.—making it a significant factor in old growth forest destruction. New techniques that combine traditional building techniques, such as earth architecture, with modern technology can increase the efficiency and comfort of buildings and eliminate the use of old growth wood. [more]

Sustainable Building Links:

  • Bamboo Flooring International
  • Basics of Strawbale Construction - A crash course in strawbale construction from the Community Eco-Design Network.
  • Black's Farmwood - 100% Reclaimed hand hewn barn beams, planks and flooring.
  • Building With Awareness - To Inspire Thought on Living, Building, and Environment. Featuring:Straw bale, adobe, cobb, and other alternative and green building materials, the design of structures to create a sense of place, detailed construction techniques, solar energy, and much more
  • Cal Earth - Award winning architect Nader Khalili’s arches and domes save materials and create beautiful, livable buildings.
  • Canfibre - Produces Oriented Strand Board (OSB) and Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) from waste materials such as recycled fiber or bark, using non-toxic resins.
  • Care Free Decking Products - Recycled plastic lumber.
  • Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems - Education, demonstration, and research organization working on appropriate technologies and sustainable design practices to meet the needs of individual home builders to regional planning and natural resource agencies.
  • Cob Cottage - A clearinghouse for information on cob building technologies.
  • Cobworks - A cob building company.
  • D & M Bamboo Flooring
  • Design Center for Appropriate Technology - Contains information on institutional barriers to earth architecture.
  • Earth Building Foundation - Information on earth building, upcoming conferences, and resources.
  • Earth Building Institute - The Earth Building Institute of the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.
  • Earthship Biotecture - Information about a passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials with little to no utility bills.
  • EcoTimber - Supplier of ecologically selected and harvested timber and veneers from around the world.
  • El Paso Solar Energy Association: Adobe - Information on adobe home construction.
  • Energy Star Homes - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s energy efficient homes program.
  • Environmental Building News - Trade publication for businesses and contractors interested in sustainable building methods.
  • Goldboard - Goldboard manufactures medium density fiberboard (MDF) panels from straw.
  • Green Builder - A practical website for people interested in pursuing green building. Includes real estate listings and professional directories.
  • House of Straw - Straw Bale Construction Comes of Age - A U.S. Department of Energy paper on strawbale.
  • Nexwood Decking Materials - Nexwood is an alternative to traditional lumber and plastic decking/fencing products. Nexwood is manufactured using extrusion technology that mixes reclaimed plastics with cellulose fiber (sawdust and/or rice hulls) and extrudes it into standard lumber profiles.
  • Oikos Green Building Index - A news index of green building, energy efficiency, and new product information.
  • Old Growth Wood in Home Construction - PDF - Fact sheet from Rainforest Action Network features a diagram of a house with the wood typically used and provides alternatives.
  • P.A.L. Foundation's Tree Recycling Yard - Recycles salvaged and reclaimed trees for commercial, artistic, and educational purposes.
  • Pali's End - Sustainable energy & design. Alternative building.
  • Rainforest Information Centre's Good Wood Guide - Information on the ethics of timber usage, and timber and non-timber building, and a comprehensive listing of suppliers, services, groups, organisations, and information sources in the Alternative Directory. Links to relevant suppliers, services, etc.
  • Rammed Earth Works - The website of David Easton, one of the original innovators in modern rammed earth techniques.
  • Real Goods - An excellent source for books and materials related to alternative lifestyle technology.
  • Recycle Design - Manufacturer of outdoor accessories, including benches, tables, chairs, and receptacles, using Durawood PE plastic Lumber.
  • Seven Generations Natural Builders - Offering workshops/contracting in cob,slipstraw,strawbale,sustainable timberframing,natural plasters&finishes;,and earthern floors with sustainability in mind.
  • Smart Deck - Deck systems built around moisture resistant composite lumber.
  • Strawbale Links - An enormous listing of strawbale building resources on the web.
  • Sustainable Architecture by GGOArchitects - Our efforts reflect a committment to building environments that are restorative rather than destructive. We employ alternative building techniques that reduce the need for excessive consumption of energy & natural resources. Our efforts are not extreme and radical. They are built by normal builders, in conventional neighborhoods at comparable costs to the unconscious building practices that dominate the industry.
  • Sustainable Building Resource - A program of the Italian Institute for Housing and Social Infrastructure. Includes information on alternative materials, building codes, and an annual conference.
  • Timber Tech Engineered Decking Systems - Made with a process that combines recycled wood and polymers.
  • Timbergrass Bamboo Flooring
  • TriMax Structural Plastic Lumber - Recycled plastic lumber, reinforced by fiberglass, for marine, commercial, and municipal applications.
  • US Plastic Lumber - Recycled plastic lumber producer.
  • Zen Bamboo Flooring - Manufacturer and exporter of bamboo flooring and furniture.

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