Postgreen Homes Difference – Sustainable Materials
In recent years there has been an explosion of green, eco friendly supply houses. It’s been great for our collaborations with other companies and opened our eyes to new possibilities in wall assemblies, floor coverings and sometimes even cladding materials. The goal is always to build more sustainably than anyone else and these guys are an integral part of that.
But there are so many qualities that make up the overall sustainability of a material we just couldn’t wrap our heads around it without some kind of chart. Sometimes we’re looking for recycled content like in our countertops, sometimes low VOC for healthy air, sometimes durability is key like when it comes to flooring.
We look at all those factors before settling on a material. It’s easy to do and keeps us looking at the quality of products we’re choosing for the homes we build. It’s a process summed up more neatly in these graphics.
An example change we made a few years ago was in our flooring. We had been purchasing pre-finished bamboo flooring for a number of projects. We paid up for the good stuff (strand bamboo with long growth term) but in the end we didn’t feel great about buying so much of a material manufactured and shipped from China. We made the decision to switch to locally harvested hardwoods from USA. The wood is not quite as renewable as the bamboo, but the location of origin and embodied energy from shipping it to us is much lower. Everyone has opinions are how sustainable a material is and there is no such thing as a “perfect green product,” but we take our selections seriously and put a lot of thought into all of them.