New Building Materials Go Green

The year’s newest home-building technologies are related to green building and reducing the amount of energy that is consumed every day, such as  low-energy choices, including light-emitting diodes and manifold plumbing systems.  Whether residential or commercial and remodeling, they are becoming prevalent in new construction.  The reason for incorporating these new technologies is that consumers recognize that even if there is greater upfront cost, energy efficiency can provide substantial savings in the long run.

Although it is not new, engineered wood is another viable green option for many builders, it offers flexibility (you can get it in greater lengths than natural wood), and is agriculture harvested rather than torn down, says Dana Bres, research engineer for HUD’s Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology (PATH).

The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) has added five new technologies or materials that are mostly all green-building related to its PATH Technology Inventory.   The five added were as follows:

1. Plastic ductwork systems (sub-slab): Plastic ductwork systems work well in underground applications because they are resistant to rust and other forms of corrosion, according to PATH and its companion site ToolBase Services, a part of the National Association of Home Builders’ Research Center (NAHBRC). These systems are manufactured with either high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). When installed properly, they are watertight and airtight and can withstand temperatures up to 150F, according to

2. Self-sealing duct components: A recently introduced alternative polypropylene product promises quicker installation and fewer leaks in the forced-air delivery system. This connector includes a double-sided adhesive gasket and nylon draw clips that mechanically hold the take-off collar in place. When installing, remove the gasket paper, press the connector to the duct board or sheet metal trunk line, and pull the four one-way locking nylon draw clips.

3. Whole-house air filtration: This is available in two filtration methods: mechanical or surface media, and electronic.

Electronic air filtration makes use of electrostatic precipitation, which charges particles and pulls them out of the air stream. It can be a one- or two-stage system.

4. ICF roof/deck systems: Insulated concrete forms ( ICFs) for decks are reinforced polystyrene forms that make up the floor or roof assembly when placed and filled with concrete. These forms provide thermal resistance of approximately R-3.8 per inch. After shoring, bracing, and reinforcement are installed, 2- to 4-inch-thick concrete is placed on top of the deck assembly, and may be finished decoratively.

5. Irrigation controllers: There are two types of controllers that have been developed to distribute water only when needed: evapotranspiration (ET) controls, and weather and ET controls. The ET (water loss by evaporation or transpiration, a plant process) controls contain, at the minimum, “program algorithms specific to climate regions that are based primarily on solar radiation, temperature, relative humidity and wind to estimate a plant’s water requirement.” The weather-based controls factor observed climate conditions with the ET algorithms assuring that watering patterns are based on local conditions.

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3 Responses to “New Building Materials Go Green”

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  2. 2 Colombia January 24, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Thanks for the great info. I hope youll follow this with some more great content.

  3. 3 rosell manzano January 11, 2010 at 6:37 am

    thanks for the information. I hope you’ll give us more detail about this materials.

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