7 Top Sustainable Building Materials for Your Home Renovation

Here are the 7 top sustainable building materials for your home renovation.





The ultimate goal of sustainable practices in the construction sphere is to reduce the industry’s environmental impact.

The primary principles revolve around conserving, reusing, recycling/renewing, protecting nature, non-toxicity, and high quality.

If you’re an environmentally conscious individual looking for building materials that aren’t harmful to you or the environment, we have the perfect guide for you!

Read on for the 7 top sustainable building materials for your home renovation.



Bamboo is a brilliant sustainable building material that can help you get a high rating in your home energy assessment and achieve your NatHERS Certificate.

Bamboo, as you know, resembles wood aesthetically. However, this fast-growing plant belongs to the grass family. In opposition to the 25-50 years trees need to grow before harvesting, bamboo can be harvested after 3 years of growth! This rapid regeneration makes it an incredibly sustainable building material.

Bamboo is highly flexible, versatile, absorbs CO2, and doesn’t produce waste (all leftover pieces can be composted). You can use this cost-effective and easily sourced plant for your walls, tiles, trim and flooring, lumber, countertops, decking, roofing, cabinetry, scaffolding, and supporting concrete.



Mushrooms are being used for everything these days! And construction is no different.

The roots of fungi (mycelium) grow underground without the need for an external energy source. This vegetative structure is harvested and dried. Then, combined with timber, sawdust, or demolition waste, it’s molded into highly durable bricks.

Build a home with nature by incorporating this biodegradable, chemical-free, renewable, and earth-friendly resource into your home’s renovation.

These mycelium bricks are resistant to mold, fire, and water. They’re stronger than concrete. And more insulating than fiberglass.


Rammed Earth

Picture the dramatic and enduring Great Wall of China. Now picture your home being built using the same building method.

Rammed earth, one of the oldest and most durable building techniques, is created using a combination of earth, gravel, chalk, and lime. Soil and binder are placed in layers, which are then compacted and pressurized to form a hard surface that can easily replace conventional concrete masonry.

Rammed earth is a fantastic sustainable building material for walls, floors, and foundations. It also allows you to bypass installing thermal regulating devices. The sun naturally warms the rammed earth during the day and slowly releases warmth during the cool evenings.



Cork is derived from a tree, which we are trying to avoid. However, instead of cutting down an entire tree, cork is harvested by hand from the cork oak tree’s bark. Thus, harvesting doesn’t harm the environment.

Cork has many properties that make it a desirable eco-friendly replacement for traditional insulation.

Apart from being renewable, recyclable, and having a small carbon footprint, cork is noise-insulating and resistant to fire, mold, rot, and water.

Install some cork floor tiles during your home renovation for a resilient, flexible house that doesn’t crack (or warp) under pressure.


Reclaimed Wood

Wood is undeniably still one of the most popular building materials. It’s easy to use and all love being surrounded by natural beauty. Unfortunately, wood goes to waste during the deconstruction of any building.

These days, reclaimed wood technology has been developed to deconstruct lumber from old structures, while still maintaining its integrity. Now, environmentally-conscious individuals can still have their beautiful wooden homes while supporting the reduction of deforestation!

Reclaimed wood can be used to develop new building projects, home decor, and furnishings, such as cabinetry and flooring.

Find reclaimed wood for your home renovation through retired barns, excavation companies, home modeling contractors and companies, shipping crates and pallets, salvage yards, etc.

Just be mindful to have each piece’s integrity assessed before construction. Reclaimed wood may require reinforcement and additional treatment before usage.


Recycled Plastic

Hundreds of millions of tons of single-use plastic end up in landfills or pollute waterways every year. Why not salvage this material and give it a second life in your home?

Recycled plastic can be transformed into incredibly useful building materials such as plastic sheets, bricks, and lumber. Moreover, it doesn’t require the toxic preservative sealants that lumber needs for construction!

Plastic from 2-liter bottles can magically be transformed into fiber to produce carpets. Other forms of reused plastic can be used in the design of cable pipes, roofs, floors, and PVC windows.


Plant-Based Polyurethane Rigid Foam

Rigid foam has been around for decades. It’s an amazingly effective insulator for homes and commercial buildings. However, the story goes that in 1976 CFCs were determined an environmentally harmful compound, and were intended to be phased out by 2010. Unfortunately, this was a key compound in the original version of rigid foam.

Plant-based polyurethane rigid foam was then developed as an environmentally friendly replacement with all the same properties.

This mixture of hemp, kelp, and bamboo is the ideal alternative building material for walls and furniture. Save money on thermal and acoustic insulation methods and protect your home against mold and pests with long-lasting, immovable plant-based polyurethane rigid foam.







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