With the mainstreaming of sustainable design has come a dramatic increase in new green materials and products. Such green materials create houses that are good for their occupants’ health and bank accounts, as well as the environment. Whether building a new house or apartment or renovating an existing one, green materials are essential. By building, renovating, and equipping your home with green materials, you can preserve natural resources such as old-growth forests and fresh water systems. Selecting green materials typically involves an assessment of a product’s environmental impact over its life cycle. This process tracks the raw materials used to make a product; its manufacturing process; its transportation; its performance when it is used; and its disposal, reuse, or recycling options.
When choosing materials and products look for:
High levels of:
Low levels of:
• Embodied energy, the energy required to extract, process, and transport materials
• Environmental impact, the negative effects on outdoor and indoor environments
Below is a selection of materials used or featured in the exhibition, demonstrating the range, quality, and diversity of green materials now on the market.
Materials Used in the Design of The Green House Exhibition
Boston lounge sofa
MATERIALS: Cotton,maple frames,water based glue
DESIGNER AND MANUFACTURER: Donna Halloran for Furnature™