Bamboo Homes: The True Green Alternative to Home Building
Green building at its best if you prefer wood, bamboo is an alternative that is not only environmentally friendly, but it’s easy on your wallet too. Bamboo homes are attractive and offer many benefits to homeowners. Bamboo is flexible so you can bend it without fear of splintering or breaking. Bamboo homes are also naturally earthquake resistant. Bamboo homes are also 25% more affordable than traditional homes.
Dirt is the most fundamental element of earthbag construction, and it is the most abundant element on earth. Earthbag structures have been employed for many years and a variety of uses. These include flood control and temporary shelter during times of war. The principles that made this a sound choice in the past make earthbag building for residential or commercial use an innovative sustainable building strategy for the future. Earthbag structures are still used by many people throughout the country simply because it works.
- Fabric Structures
Fabric Structures provides solutions for a range of applications, including salt storage, warehousing, agricultural buildings, and riding arenas, aviation facilities, and recreation buildings. Tensioned Fabric Structures are used for Government/Public Works such as Post Offices, Parks, Schools, & Recreation, Salt Storage, Waste Recycling, Temporary Fire , Rescue , & EMS Departments, Prisons, Golf Course Shelters, Wash Down Structures, Portable Command Centers, Architectural tensioned fabric structures are today's preferred choice whenever a dramatic, unique architectural statement is called for.
- Insulated Concrete, ICF
Insulated Concrete Forms Construction
Many builders and homeowners assume that green engineering will automatically cost more upfront than traditional home design and remodeling, but this is not necessarily the case. As with any professional services, construction becomes expensive when the business you hire to provide the service is not wholly familiar with how and where to acquire the appropriate materials and subcontracting. In the hands of a skilled and experience engineer with longstanding relationships in the construction industry, such as the team at Precision Structural Engineering, sustainable construction is an extremely cost-effective way to build.
- Light Gauge Steel
Steel is green
Steel is the #1 recycled material in North America. There is more steel recycled every year than aluminum, plastic and glass combined. Each year approximately 10 million vehicles are recycled (enough to circle the earth about 1 and 1/2 times). Each ton of recycled steel saves 1400 lbs. of coal and 2500 lbs. of iron ore (with 98% of mined ore used for making steel). And every year the recycling of steel saves the energy equivalent of electrically powering 1 out of 5 US households for one year.
Design can be a powerful tool and such is the case in the new movement of modernist modular homes. The new modulars can be efficient and affordably designed with the intention of being green and sustainable, making the bland, cookie-cutter, thin-walled, toxic, mobile and prefab homes so so yesterday. Modular design is also open to a variety of styles, from ultra-modern to mountain cabin and the adaptability for a modular to be eco-friendly stems partially from the very nature of its climate-controlled manufacturing.
- Rammed Earth
Rammed earth is all about endurance
There’s a timelessness about a house built with raw earth. Not surprising though since building with earth is truly prehistoric. Yet rammed earth is very contemporary. In fact, still today, over half of Earth’s population dwells in earthen housing. The process of creating walls is done by ramming, or compacting, earth into forms that create straight sturdy walls. Various types of earth can be used to create striations in distinctive hues mimicking natural earth formations. Rammed earth techniques create beautiful thick walls that won’t contract and expand but surface cracks may occur, adding additional character without any compromise to the structure.
- Shipping/Cargo Containers
Why is Re-Using Shipping Containers Eco-Friendly/Green? The answer is simple; re-using any item or product has the least impact on the environment and, so is very green. The ultimate goals of sustainability are to Reuse, Reduce and, Recycle. Shipping containers made of steel or aluminum have been used in hundreds of projects around the world as the building blocks for a wide variety of buildings. Click to find out more.
- Structural Insulated Panels, SIPS
- Solar Energy
- Straw Bale
It began here in the US with the resourceful Nebraska pioneers of the late 1800’s. Little wood on the plains and strong winds forced the settlers to be creative with what was at hand. So they baled their hay and built homes. Finding how well they worked, they later used strawbales for building and then plastered over them. Today, straw bale homes are beautiful contemporary structures that offer a cache of incentives previously only appreciated by those Nebraska architects struggling to survive.
- Tree Houses