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Questions tagged [building-materials]

materials and products used for the construction and repair of buildings. For questions about building as a process use the [construction] tag

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Alternatives to concrete for a flat roof

I am from India and planning to build a house with as little cement, steel and sand as possible. I am looking to keep the temperature inside the home to be minimal since temperature will touch around ...
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Is Bamboo Plywood More Sustainable than (“traditional”) Birch Plywood?

Greetings Sustainable Livers! 🌱 I am on a quest to discover which is the most sustainable sheet material for making furniture. Found this article on Bamboo Plywood: "Is Bamboo Plywood an Eco-...
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Bottle Bricks : Are there any demerits to stuffing plastic bottles with non-bio-degradable dry waste ex:polythene covers,chocolate wrappers etc?

A neighbourhood school wants to start an Environ-friendly awareness and action project for the children. The idea is to collect plastic water bottles (preferably of the same size and shape) and stuff ...
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What's the best way of getting an eco-friendly off-grid house?

My partner and I have been considering what the different options are for buying properties in the UK. We are interested in at least 1 acre of land, plus a house of 50-70 square meters minimum. We ...
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Concrete vs asphalt: which is better in terms of sustainability?

According to this jolly article, concrete is just as recyclable as asphalt, easy to maintain, requires almost no maintenance, etc, when it comes to pavement. I realize the guys who wrote the article ...
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Which sustainable building techniques are most code friendly?

There are many alternative building methods that rely on recycling or sustainable materials, e.g. Earthships (and other rammed earth techniques) Earthbags Wattle and daub Earth-sheltered Straw bale ...
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Is using copper for gutters and roofs a sustainable choice?

I see with some high end housing construction the use of copper for gutters and drain pipes as well as roofs and flashing. Is using copper where it will be exposed to water runoff from rain a good ...
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What are eco-friendly substitutes of wood?

Are there any eco-friendly substitutes of wood? With similar attributes (such as strength, rate of biodegradability, safe for the environment, etc.). My long-term intend is to save our environment ...
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What do i need for an vertical aeroponic farm?

I'm planning to make some money with the land I own (more than 60 hectares). I live in Brazil so water, sun and wind are readily available. I want to make an aeroponic vertical plantation inside a ...
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Material For Heat Riser

I'm in the process of building my first Rocket Stove, that will give me highly sustainable energy (if one considers burning wood to be sustainable). For the heat riser I'm looking for heat resistant ...
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Is there a green alternative for spray polyurethane foam?

I know that spray polyurethane foam is difficult to remove and separate from other building materials. Also, dust particules containing toxins can be released when applying or removing it. What is a ...
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What are some ways to affordably furnish a temporary apartment?

I will be living in an unfurnished apartment for my final year of college. I'm a pretty handy guy with access to power tools and experience with designing my own basic (cheap) furniture. However, I'd ...
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How to filter/dewater water mixed with water-based paint

PROBLEM I would like to find the best way to filter 2 cubic meters of water which is full of water-based paint. This water is used in a closed-loop circuit in a Spray booth. The water does not need ...
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Want to build a portable solar refrigerator

I've got a 5v Peltier chip. What kind of and how many solar cells 4.5v 18mA do I need per 1 chip? I found these cells online on dealextreme, but there are also other different types. I'm lacking a ...
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Can bales of cardboard be used as a building material?

Where I live, there's an open air market that produces a huge amount of excess cardboard everyday. The cardboard is pressed into bundles - making large bales of pressed cardboard. Looking at it, ...
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How do the criteria for 'best' building insulation change depending on context?

Following on from the question Sheep wool as insulation? , where I started my answer with: Is it one of the best natural insulators? Well, that would depend on your definition of best. and the OP ...
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Why they use stone crush on roof of the multistory buildings?

I see in France most of the multistory buildings, there is a black stone crush placed on the top of the buildings. I would like to know whether they use it for certain climate or reason. (Crushed ...
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What's the purpose of the air pockets in mud building?

I've seen mud buildings that use glass bottles as part of the structure of the wall. Is this for structural stability? For heating and cooling properties? What's the purpose?
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How much energy does it take to create a single light bulb?

This question is a part of this question. Perhaps it is better suited on the physics SE, but here goes. I would like to know how much energy it takes, in the modern world, to construct an ordinary, ...
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Is there a sustainable binding agent for 3D printing with wood pulp?

Recently someone developed some filament for 3d printers that contains about 40% wood pulp and 60% plastic. Could it be possible to print with wood pulp without the plastic mixed in? (Either without ...
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Sustainable Exterior Siding

I'm interested in replacing the siding on my home, but want to choose a material that is sustainable. What's the best choice available?
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Sustainable Roofing Materials

I want to re-roof my home, but want to use a sustainable option. Is there a resource where I can compare different sustainable options and find the best choice for my budget and situation? I'm trying ...
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What reuses are there for surplus building materials?

I am remodeling a room in my house and have a bunch of material that may end up in the garbage. I would be throwing away carpet, plaster and planks, trim and etc. I would like to not throw this ...
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How to avoid plastic in aquaponics designs?

Ignoring the question of whether aquaponics is a sustainable process (which it may not be due to seemingly high energy input required for water movement and filtration). Most aquaponics designs use ...
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Which plastics should I avoid and what qualities of plastics are important to consider?

I see a lot of DIY projects that use various plastics, even projects with a focus on sustainable processes and methods. Is the use of plastic contrary to the idea of sustainability entirely? Are ...