A Closer Look: What Makes Building Materials Green?









Building and construction activities worldwide consume 3 billion tons of raw materials each year or 40 percent of total global use. Using green building materials and products promotes conservation of dwindling nonrenewable resources internationally. In addition, integrating green building materials into building projects can help reduce the environmental impacts associated with the extraction, transport, processing, fabrication, installation, reuse, recycling, and disposal of these building industry source materials. So what criteria must be met to make a product or material green? Green building materials are composed of renewable, rather than nonrenewable resources. Green materials are environmentally responsible because impacts are considered over the life of the product. Depending upon project-specific goals, an assessment of green materials may involve an evaluation of one or more of the criteria listed below.

  • Resource efficiency
  • Indoor air quality
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water conservation
  • Affordability

For details on the listed criteria and the three basic steps of product selection please follow link for full article http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/greenbuilding/materials/#Resource

If you don’t have time to do extensive research on building products choosing green certified products can ensure your product has been researched and tested to be environmentally responsible. There are a number of green certifications building products can receive one globally recognized certification is by EcoLogo part of the UL Global Network. They provide third party certification of environmentally-preferable products. Follow this link to view EcoLogo Certified EcoSolve products and more http://www.ecologo.org/en/participatingcompanies/details.asp?client_id=590

The Green Building Movement: What Shade of Green are You?

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Several years ago I never thought the green building market would ever grow this large, this fast. As I now see these various green groups forming their own identities, I realize that we are still just at the tip of the iceberg. Just as market forces have begun to separate the design and construction community into various shades of green, the very same forces have caused the building product manufacturing companies to respond accordingly. There are now products produced for every shade of green that is buying. To walk the floor and see all of the amazing pieces of green building products/technology, produced for all of the shades of these green groups, and to see how it has evolved over the years, is truly amazing to behold. Follow this link for a break down on the various levels of green and see what shade you are http://blog.greenwizard.com/wp/2012/12/the-evolving-green-building-market-greenbuild-2012/?goback=.gde_1903058_member_192170519 No matter what level of green you are EcoSolve Americas has green products you can trust. Certified safe alternatives for paint and coating removers as well as a new line of bio-enzyme cleaners and water management technologies coming soon. For more information on EcoSolve and certified Eco-preferable products visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ Find our EcoLogo Certified product listing here http://www.ecologo.org/en/participatingcompanies/details.asp?client_id=590

The Benefits of Green Building

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Incorporating green building products and practices in home building and remodeling projects results in quality homes and financial savings for you. Even the smallest effort can make a big difference. While particular benefits will vary depending on the specific choices made by the builder and homeowner, and to what extent green building practices are employed, the general benefits are:

  •  Financial savings
  •  More comfort
  •  Healthier living
  •  Less maintenance and higher durability
  •  Knowing You are a Steward of the Environment

Green building products and practices offer you the assurance that you are following environmentally friendly guidelines that help preserve our natural resources. A socially responsible step worthy of recognition, building and remodeling green makes a strong statement about your dedication to the community and the environment. For full article follow this link http://ecosmartworldwide.com/Eco/?page_id=335 One of the most toxic remodeling products still available for consumer purchase today is chemical paint strippers. Containing carcinogenic ingredients like methylene chloride and have high risks of polluting our health and the environment. That’s why EcoSolve Americas has effective EcoLogo certified safe alternatives to chemical stripping with revolutionary water based technology. All EcoSolve products are solvent, caustic, fume free, and Eco-preferable for the environment if you would like to learn more about EcoSolve and safe solutions for paint removal please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

Green Building Materials

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Green building materials are building materials that are manufactured using sustainable practices and resources, reduce allergies or toxins in the environment, or are green because they can be used in a sustainable manner. Before purchasing, investigate the specific properties of the building product you’re considering. You can do this by looking for awards and green certifications on the manufacturer’s website, request MSDS info to look at product ingredients and ask product reps to explain manufacture processes and sustainability of the product. Follow this link for details on some of the latest green building materials on the market http://exploringgreentechnology.com/green-living/green-building-materials/ Another certified line of products on the market today is Tough. Not Toxic. paint and coating removers by EcoSolve Americas. EcoSolve’s Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover, X-Tex Textured Coating Remover, and Graffiti Go are EcoLogo Certified as Eco-preferable water based paint removal products. Now hazardous chemical paint stripping is not necessary for fast and effective paint removal. EcoSolve’s water based technology is designed to penetrate through the water molecules in the paint or coating and safely lift from the surface being stripped. All EcoSolve’s paint removal products are solvent and caustic free with no fume or burn hazards associated with chemical strippers. Effective on all paint and coating types and safe on all surfaces including delicate surfaces like soft metals and antique wood. For more info on EcoSolve and EcoSolve products please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/