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Building a New Home? These are the Most Eco-Friendly Materials

by Alexis Malsbury 07/26/2021

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There are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to building a new construction home. Not only are you going to be talking with the builder about the floor plan and interior design theme for the house, but you also have to think about the type of lifestyle that you want to lead inside your new home.

If you are interested in green living, then you should carefully consider the type of materials used to build your new home.

These are the most eco-friendly materials to use in new home construction:


Bamboo has become a popular option for sustainable flooring, largely because it has the same durability, strength and appearance as wood. It is becoming the material of choice among eco-savvy homeowners because bamboo can be regenerated quicker than wood, and it is helping to dwindle the dependence people have on wood across the globe.

Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood is a material that is created from old pieces of wood that have been previously used in construction. Reclaimed barn wood, for instance, has become particularly popular over the last decade. This wood is used to create unique, one-of-a-kind flooring as well as siding for homes. Homeowners often feel good about the fact that they are giving new life to a piece of wood rather than harvesting fresh wood that is not as sustainable.

Wool Insulation

For decades, builders have most often relied upon fiberglass insulation when building a new home. Today, however, many homeowners are finding that sustainable insulation made from natural materials is a better option. Wool insulation has been found to be a better insulation material than fiberglass, allowing people to feel warmer in the winter and cooler during the summer months while inside their homes.

Recycled Drywall

One up-and-coming trend in sustainable home construction is recycled drywall. Builders now have access to drywall material that consists of nearly 80 percent recycled materials. This type of drywall is just as sturdy and durable as its newly-manufactured counterparts.

Mass Timber

Another eco-friendly material that homeowners may want to consider is mass timber. Mass timber is a wood composite product that is so strong it can be used to replace steel or concrete parts. Mass timber is created in a more sustainable way and results in less carbon emissions than steel or concrete manufacturing.

Low-VOC Paints

Homeowners who want to create an eco-friendly living space may want to ask their builder or contractor to use low-VOC paints. These paints have fewer chemicals in them, and are safer for both people and the environment at-large. There are zero-VOC paints available as well, for those who are interested.

When you opt for sustainable materials for the construction of your home, you may find that there are added benefits. These materials have become known not only for being kind to the environment but also for being long-lasting, durable options. Homeowners who prioritize sustainable materials during the construction of their homes find that they have less need for maintenance and repairs in the years to come.

About the Author

Alexis Malsbury

As a real estate agent, my mission is straightforward: to transform any apprehension you may have about your real estate goals into a positive, stress-free experience while exceeding your expectations. A Westchester native, I bolster my customer service expertise with my Hudson Valley insights: From the region’s historic estates and wineries to outdoor adventure and natural beauty, I can find the property — and the area — that fits you and your family to a tee. 

Before launching my real estate career, I’d spent many years serving as Director of Marketing, Communications, and Environmental Education for GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford, New York. I subsequently drew upon my achievements in environmental education to work as a consultant in the agriculture and farming industry, managing operations for several farms throughout Westchester County. My experiences extend to supporting and volunteering for several nonprofits, including Guiding Eyes for the Blind, where I have fostered dogs in the Brood/Stud Program for over a decade.

Before joining RE/MAX, I had spent several years as an agent at a small Westchester-based real estate brokerage. My entire background has significantly influenced my career and exceptionalism as a real estate agent, including cultivating long-lasting client relationships across a broad spectrum with my ‘can-do’ attitude. My ease of availability and supreme flexibility have become cornerstones of my service while I negotiate every one of my clients’ deals with precision. 

I’m just a phone call or email away for all your buying and selling needs: (914) 309-0136 or [email protected]. I’m always ready to answer any questions you may have and go out of my way to help you achieve your real estate goals!