What Building Materials Should I Use?

It is best to use local materials. While products like bamboo and exotic sustainable woods are in the news, they need to be shipped a long distance. Local materials have a low shipping impact (use less fuel), help the local economy, are suited for the area, and more accurately fit the definition of sustainable.

Although we can assist you with utilizing any building material, here is a brief list of popular alternative products to consider:
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Logs

Log Home ExampleLog Home Example

Timber Frame

Timber Frame Barn ExampleTimber Frame Barn Built for the Taylor Family
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Straw Bale

Timber Frame/Straw Bale Home ExampleStraw Bale Building Basics
Timber Frame/Straw Bale Home Built for the Horsman Family
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Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)

Insulated Concrete Form HomeInsulated Concrete Forms (ICF)Home Built for the Ellinhuysen Family
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Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) Home

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Rammed Earth

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Toxicant Free

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