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Green Building: Suitable Materials For Use At Home
Many of us are not used to the idea of seeing large buildings or 4 to 6-bedroom homes, as vast, energy-hungry structures. However, they are, and in the US today, these buildings account for around 65% of total electricity consumption, 36% of total energy use as well as 30% of greenhouse-gas emissions. Many view that making these structures more energy-efficient should create a significant impact on energy policy, greenhouse gas emissions, and sustainable development. Among the major goals of green building movement are changing the way buildings, and homes as well, are designed, built,operated and maintained. Utilizing Engineered Wood Products For Homes The use of engineered wood products, or EWP’s, which include plywood, composite wood paneling, laminated veneer lumber and many structural products like I-joists and trusses, have both environmental and structural advantages as compared to using solid wood. These materials, which are generally composed of wood chips and adhesive, can be made from scrap or recycled wood material, which helps to considerably lower the demand for more, which is a major factor in the loss of forest cover. EWPs are generally considered to be stronger than solid wood, and have fewer compositional variations, which make the more stable and less ... more
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