- Bill Starkey
What Are Sustainable Materials?
The building industry is responsible for consuming a large amount of natural resources, including water, energy, and wood. This impact on the environment continues after the building process is completed due to the normal operations of the building. For this reason, sustainable architecture is an essential part of promoting health and safety of both the environment and the people in and around the building.
This sustainability begins with the construction stage, when materials for the project are being sourced. Ideally, construction businesses want environmentally friendly materials, or green building materials. Such materials are produced and maintained with minimal impact to the environment.
However, material that is environmentally friendly is not always sustainable. Sustainable materials go beyond environmental impact and have a positive impact on communities, as well. They do not harm the health of those building or using the structure, and the people who obtain these materials are paid a living wage for safe and healthy work. Furthermore, sustainable materials are natural, like bamboo or sawdust, and are durable and reusable.