Green Building Products | 9 Materials & Vendors to Consider

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Updated October 18, 2018
Sustainable 9
Sustainable 9

It’s not just a vision for tomorrow: Sustainable 9 Design + Build creates homes for tomorrow today, reflected in its enduring commitment to green, high performance, energy-efficient homes that are stunningly designed and custom-built.

Once you’ve decided that a green, eco-friendly home is what you want, you have to figure out which materials you want to use and which vendors to reach out to. Lucky for you, because of the growing popularity of sustainable homes, there are plenty of options out there for you when it comes to finding the right products and materials to build your new home. To help narrow down your searches, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite vendors and materials to use for creating a green home.

At Sustainable 9, we know that you don’t have to compromise style for sustainability. Our beautiful modern homes are one of kind, and are top of the line when it comes to being environmentally conscious and sustainable. Check out some of our past projects if you’re interested in learning more about our designs and out of the box, green-minded ideas.

Materials

Recycled Plastic and Wood

Many of the homes we create use recycled plastic and wood, and for good reason. Studies have shown that the total yearly energy saved from each home in the U.S. that uses plastics as a primary construction material is enough to power 4.6 million homes. Meanwhile, reclaimed or recycled wood is typically stronger than newer wood, due it being exposed to various temperatures and humidities.

Bamboo

bamboo homes are a sustainable option for your home
Bamboo homes look great and are also eco-friendly (courtesy of Inhabit).

While Bamboo might seem like a trend that will soon pass, many homes all over the world are using bamboo as a material for their homes, with some countries using bamboo for over centuries now. Bamboo materials are extremely eco-friendly, as well as containing stronger fibers than traditional hardwood and being flexible, allowing it to be grown into various shapes for any style of home.

Structural Insulated Panels

Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are engineered panels used to construct walls, ceilings, and floors.

SIPs are a durable and energy efficient, especially when compared to construction methods that use traditional insulation and framing lumber. In fact, SIP-constructed buildings are roughly 50 percent more energy efficient than those constructed with traditional framing.

Green Roof

Using a green roof may seem a like a radical idea, but many homes are starting to incorporate this ultimate sustainable roofing option. Planting a green roof has many benefits, especially in urban areas where it helps moderate the heating effect on a home. They also reduce the amount of rain runoff, gives your home additional cooling and insulation and looks great on top of your home!

Vendors

Rubble Tile

Rubble Tiles focuses on making sure that they work with manufactures who are environmentally sustainable. With a wide variety of shapes, colors, and types, Rubble Tiles will have exactly what you’re looking for to create your new green home.

Crystal Cabinets

Over the years, Crystal has improved the environmental footprint of their operations by installing motion detectors for lighting, improving air compressor efficiency, recovering waste air compressor heat, and using energy saving motor controls. Combined with their high quality craftsmanship, their sustainable products make for a great asset to your home.

Niagara

Yes, even your toilet can be environmentally friendly by using vendors like Niagara, who have made it their mission to rid homes of wasteful, water draining toilets. Their ‘Stealth’ technology for their toilets preaches high power, low maintenance, and low waste.

Loewen Windows

Loewen proudly demonstrates its stance on reducing the impact it makes on the environment while providing peace of mind for environmentally conscious customers. Loewen’s outstanding energy efficiency attributes and use of sustainable materials are ideal for use in structures designed under LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Cambria

Cambria recycles all metal tooling, as well as 100% of the water used in polishing. Additionally, our acquired quartz mine in Quebec runs on full hydroelectric power and allows us to leave a smaller, greener footprint

Sustainable 9
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It’s not just a vision for tomorrow: Sustainable 9 Design + Build creates homes for tomorrow today, reflected in its enduring commitment to green, high performance, energy-efficient homes that are stunningly designed and custom-built.

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62%

More energy efficient than a standard new construction home* *based on HERS ratings

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70%

Tighter and less leaky than a standard new construction home* *based on blower door test/air leakage results