Eco-Friendly Building Trends: So Many Choices!

With climate change issues dominating the news over the past year, consumers are increasingly integrating sustainable, eco-friendly practices into their everyday lives.  Efforts range from forgoing plastic straws to investing in hybrid cars that reduce fuel consumption to incorporating environmentally friendly materials into their building projects.The options for eco-friendly construction are many. Think about the construction and content of your home—from walls and flooring to utilities and appliances, and even paint and furnishings. For each of these, there are some options that are better than others when it comes to sustainability and environmental impact.

Eco-Friendly Examples

bamboo offers an eco-friendly building optionTake a single part of your home: flooring. You can choose from wood, tile, carpet, linoleum and other materials. And within each of those categories, you have other choices, some more environmentally friendly than others. For wood flooring alone, sustainable options include bamboo, cork, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) wood planks or even salvaged planks.

As another example, engineered wood products play an important role during the construction process, offering strength, stability and sustainability. Using less wood, these products are made from small pieces of wood that are bound together with adhesives and pressed during the manufacturing process.

Even if you are just doing a simple remodel that requires a new coat of paint, look for alternatives that are LEED V4 low-emitting. This means they have reduced VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions and cause less damage to air quality and the environment. Look for the Ultra Spec 500 and Natura families by Benjamin Moore, both in stock at Boilards.

Expert Advice

Sometimes, it’s relatively easy to judge how environmentally friendly a product is, such as looking for the ENERGY STAR rating on appliances. But due to the sheer number of products trying to market themselves as environmentally friendly, making the right choices can seem overwhelming. That’s why our experts are on hand to listen to your concerns, understand your needs, and make recommendations for the products best suited to you and your project. Stop by or contact us online.