Already on ArticleSlash?

Forgot your password? Sign Up

Europe Knows Green Home Building

 


Visitors: 308

Green home building is very popular in the United States today, but many people do not know that Europeans have been building green homes for decades. We now have many technologies here in the United States that we consider to be new or innovative, but they really are not. Green home building is usually discussed in such a way that people marvel about these new technologies, but they are really only new to us.

For example, in Europe, a substance called Autoclave Aerated Concentrate, or AAC for short, has been used in constructing buildings for over two decades. According to experts, this substance is fire proof, highly insulating, and lightweight. It can be easily transported in large quantities, which will conserve fuel. Additionally, AAC is made of water, sand, cement, lime, and aluminum powder. Eighty percent of the AAC is made up of air, which is the main ingredient. The most important benefit is the fact that its production does not produce any byproducts. Builders have been using this building material in Germany for almost a century; however, it was introduced in the United States in 1996 and still is not widely accepted.

An additional green home building material that is used widely in Europe but not in the United States is the Wood Fiber Board. This type of board is created from the wood chip waste which is a byproduct of sawmills. Experts explain the fact that these boards do not emit toxins when manufactured. They are very inexpensive to produce, and they are totally compostable. But, we do not use those very much here in the United States. We like to cut down new trees to make new boards. It seems as though we prefer not using something we already have, but rather wasting to create new products.

Europe is way ahead of us when it comes to green home building practices. People in Europe have been using such construction methods for about a century, so it is nothing new for them. . . it is a way of life. We are in the right mind set to become equal in greenness to Europe, but I just hope it is not too late.

For more on green home building , visit GreenHomeGuide.org

(381)

Article Source:


 
Rate this Article: 
 
Green building : What & Whys.
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes
ArticleSlash

Related Articles:

Building Your Dream Home Green

by: Alice Lane (July 30, 2008) 
(Real Estate/Green Real Estate)

World Variations in Green Home Building

by: Al Zan (July 10, 2008) 
(Real Estate/Green Real Estate)

Green is More Than a Trend, It's a Standard in Home Building

by: Jeremy Bonin (September 24, 2008) 
(Real Estate/Homes)

Green Construction is the newest trend in home building

by: Moshe C (October 07, 2010) 
(Home Improvement/House Plans)

Monte Carlo Shows Europe How To Go Green

by: Michael Johnson (March 08, 2007) 
(News)

House Building Charlotte - Go Green, Save Green

by: Bruce Kellby (May 07, 2008) 
(Home Improvement/New Construction)

Cheap Europe Tour - A Perfect Way to Travel Europe With in Your Budget

by: Jasons Born (October 09, 2008) 
(Travel and Leisure/Budget Travel)

Travel Europe - EuroStar Opens Up Europe from London

by: Geoff Morris (March 10, 2008) 
(Travel and Leisure)

Cheap Europe Vacation Affordable Way to See Europe!

by: Jasons Born (October 09, 2008) 
(Travel and Leisure/Destination Tips)

Green building : What & Whys.

by: Pritesh Bagwe (August 23, 2010) 
(Home Improvement/Interior Design and Decorating)