Kristi Appelhans, LEED AP
iss.kristi @ gmail.com
(208) 522-2224
Idaho Falls, Idaho

Materials

Cork flooring  Rapidly renewable cork

  • Low embodied energy - look at the total real energy cost of builing materials. Assessing the total energy used in the production, manufacture and transportation of building materials is one of the most complex issues in green building: databases that look at this complete picture are currently under development.
  • Locally-sourced materials - select as many materials as possible that are available in the local (500 mile radius) area.
  • Reclaimed materials - use wood, bricks, tile, etc.  salvaged from old buildings for reuse in new construction.
  • Rapidly renewable materials - use materials that re-grow quickly like bamboo and cork.
  • Certified sustainable wood - choose wood and wood products that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as sustainably grown and harvested.
  • Durability - select the longest-lasting materials possible
  • Low maintenance - reduce time and save money by selecting materials that  require the least amount of maintenance.
  • Construction waste recycling - reduce waste and landfill load by recycling as much of the construction waste as possible.
  • In-building recycling - design infrastructure to support efficient, effective recycling by building occupants.
  • Material conservation - design building dimensions to minimize lumber and other material waste; also includes deliberate design considerations such as concrete floors or leaving ductwork exposed that reduce material use as part of the building aesthetic. 

Sustainable bamboo flooring Bamboo flooring

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