New materials, recycling bring `greener' housing

Real Estate Watch

April 29, 2001

Since the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, new homes have become 100 percent more energy efficient and construction has become more conservation friendly, according to a new publication from the National Association of Home Builders.

The report, "Building Greener, Building Better: The Quiet Revolution," reviews the materials, products and processes that the housing industry now uses to provide "greener" housing choices. Some examples:

Different wood products have reduced the need for plywood from older, mature trees by 60 percent.

The rise in use of precision-measured prehung doors and other factory-built new-home components has reduced waste at home-building sites.

Plastic "lumber" made from recycled materials has helped reduce use of redwood for decks by nearly 15 percent in 20 years.

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