13 TIPS FOR BUILDING AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY HOUSE: The benefits of building green are plentiful, and there’s no shortage of information and tips on how to go for a green build or remodel. This infographic by Green Home Gnome gives 13 tips for building a green home, including choosing environmentally-friendly building materials like Structural Insulation Panels (SIPs) and natural finishes, introducing solar power, and going for green HVAC technology.
You'll be surprised to know that hemp provides all sorts of great building materials like insulation, fiberboard and pressboard, and even "hempcrete," which is a stronger, lighter, and more environmentally-friendly version of concrete.
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Spray insulation made from recycled newspaper and cardboard. Both insect resistant and fire-retardant thanks to the inclusion of borax, boric acid, and calcium carbonate (all completely natural materials that have no associations with health problems), paper insulation can be blown into cavity walls, filling every crack and creating an almost draft-free space. 5 sustainable building materials that could transform construction. Image courtesy of curley house on flickr