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EXTERIORS

• Strawboard
www.fiberfutures.org/straw/main_pages
www.healthyhome.tv/topics/t26_strawboard.htm
www.buildinggreen.com

• Fiber•cement Siding
Fiber-cement siding is better for the environment than vinyl and will last longer than wood.
www.jameshardie.com

• Adobe
Adobe is one of the oldest building materials in use. It is basically dirt moistened with water, sometimes combined with chopped straw or other fibers for strength, and then dried.
www.greenhomebuilding.com
www.adobebuilder.com
www.architecture.about.com

• Cob
Cob is also an old method of building with earth and straw or other fibers. It is quite similar to adobe, but usually has a higher percentage of long straw fibers mixed in.
www.greenhomebuilding.com
www.cobcottage.com/

• Rammed Earth
Ramming earth to create walls is similar to adobe and cob techniques, in that the soil is mostly clay and sand.
www.greenhomebuilding.com
www.rammedearthworks.com
www.hahaha.com.au/rammed.earth

• Cast Earth
Cast Earth has some very interesting and useful properties. The compressive strength is about the same as adobe or rammed earth, sufficient to support most conventional building loads. The tensile strength is several times greater than these materials, which makes it much stronger and perhaps more durable.
www.greenhomebuilding.com
www.castearth.com

• Earthbag
Sandbags have long been used, particularly by the military for creating strong, protective barriers, or for flood control. The same reasons that make them useful for these applications carry over to creating housing: the walls are massive and substantial, they resist all kinds of severe weather (or even bullets and bombs), and they can be erected simply and quickly with readily available components.
www.greenhomebuilding.com/earthbag.htm
www.dreamgreenhomes.com/materials/earth/earthbags.htm

• Strawbale
Straw is a renewable resource that acts as excellent insulation and is fairly easy to build with.
www.strawbalecentral.com/
www.strawbuilding.org/
www.eere.energy.gov
www.caneloproject.com/pages
www.daycreek.com/dc
www.mha•net.org/html/igor.htm
www.dirtcheapbuilder.com
www.buildinggreen.com/features
www.azstarnet.com
www.potkettleblack.com
www.strawhomes.com
www.earthgarden.com.au/strawbale/strawhome.htm
www.sustainableabc.com/strawbale.html

• Cordwood
Cordwood construction utilizes short, round pieces of wood, similar to what would be considered firewood. This method of building can be very resource efficient, since it makes use of wood that might not have much other value.
www.greenhomebuilding.com
www.daycreek.com
www.sagemountain.org/living
www.groups.yahoo.com/group/cordwood

• Earthship
The basic earthship design incorporates substantially bermed, passive solar architecture. The primary retaining walls are constructed with used tires, filled with earth and stacked up like bricks. The interior surface of the tires is then plastered with adobe or cement so the tires don't normally show.
www.greenhomebuilding.com
www.earthship.org
www.daycreek.com
www.sanjuancountry.com

• Papercrete
Papercrete is basically re•pulped paper fiber with portland cement or clay and/or other dirt added. When cement is added, this material is not as "green" as would be ideal, but the relatively small amount of cement is perhaps a reasonable tradeoff for what papercrete can offer.
www.greenhomebuilding.com
www.zianet.com/papercrete
www.dirtcheapbuilder.com

• Lightweight Concrete
Lightweight concrete, weighing from 35 to 115 pound per cubic foot, is made of mortor and foam. The compressive strength is not as great as ordinary concrete, but it weathers just as well. Among its advantages are less need for structural steel reinforcement, smaller foundation requirements, better fire resistance and it can serve as an insulation material!
www.greenhomebuilding.com
www.geocities.com/flyingconcrete
www.greenhomebuilding.com/pdf

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ROOFING

• Metal
www.metalroof.com
www.edcmag.com

• Clay
www.rooftiles.co.uk
www.clayroof.co.uk


• Concrete
www.concretehomes.com

• Slate
www.healthybuilding.net

•Thatch
www.greenbuilder.com

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FOUNDATIONS

Insulated Concrete Forms
Insulated Concrete forms are a foundation system that that save construction time, money, and contribute to energy efficiency.
www.ecoproducts.com
www.forms.org
www.eco•block.com
www.icfhomes.com


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INSULATION

• Cotton
Cotton insulation is not harmful to the Installer, minimal energy is used in its manufacture, no formaldehyde, and superior acoustical properties.
www.ecoproducts.com
www.ecowise.com/green/insul/insulation.shtml
www.buildinggreen.com/products/ultratouch.cfm

• Thermafleece
Thermafleece is lightweight and easy to handle and install. The material can be easily cut to shape and size with a sharp or serrated knife. Thermafleece is completely safe to use causing no irritation to the skin, eyes or respiratory tract but when installing in dusty, confined areas wear a suitable mask to avoid inhaling any dust which may be disturbed.
www.greenbuildingstore.co.uk
www.secondnatureuk.com/info.htm
www.greenshop.co.uk/news

• Warmcel 100
www.warmcel.com/excel/warmhome.html
www.greenbuildingstore.co.uk
www.warmcel.com/excel/brochure.html

• Cellulose
Cellulose insulation tests to be at least 40% more effective as both a thermal insulator and a sound barrier than fiberglass. No hazardous chemicals are used or produced in the manufacturing of cellulose insulation; the production requires 10 to 50 times LESS energy than other insulations; and the insulation can be recycled at the end of a buildings life.
www.us•gf.com
www.nuwool.com
www.diynet.com
www.environmentalhomecenter.com

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FRAMES

• Structural Insultated Panels
SIP’s is a building system that replaces stick frame construction. SIP’s are pre•manufactured 4x8 panels made of two sheets of OSB board sandwiching a polystyrence core. The panels fit together to form walls and roof. SIP’s save labor cost, money, and contribute to energy efficiency
www.ecoproducts.com
www.sips.org


• Strawboard

These rigid building panels are designed to replace labor intensive 2x4 stud and drywall construction for interior partition walls. The environmental friendly, economical, and recyclable solid panels are made of all natural fibrous raw materials. The durable panels feature thermal and acoustic insulation as well as fire and termite resistance and are available for a variety of applications to speed up the construction processes. Other applications for strawboard panels include load and non•bearing ceilings, roofing, doors, flooring, and prefabricated buildings.
www.ecoproducts.com
www.nahbrc.org
www.isoboard.com/product/index.htm

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FLOORING

•General Information
www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook

• Bamboo

www.healthyhomedesigns.com
www.greenresourcecenter.org

www.sustainableabc.com/m_wood_floor.html

•Natural Linoleum
www.healthyhomedesigns.com
www.strawsticksandbricks.com
www.greenresourcecenter.org

www.sustainableabc.com/m_wood_floor.html

•Reclaimed Wood

•Cork
www.healthyhomedesigns.com
www.greenresourcecenter.org

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•Stratica
www.stratica.com

•Recycled Content Tile
www.greenresourcecenter.org

•Carpets and Rugs
www.sticksandbricks.com
www.greenresourcecenter.org

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PAINT

www.ci.austin.tx.us/greenbuilder
www.ecowise.com/green/milkpaint
www.ecowise.com/green/oscolor
www.clevelandgbc.org/directory
www.buildingforhealth.com
www.greenresourcecenter.org

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DECKING WITH RECYCLED MATERIALS

www.choicedek.com
www.carefree-products.com

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