Environmentally-friendly building materials and techniques are increasingly popular among new home buyers and remodelers. The green building materials market is expected to exceed $432 billion by 2024. That’s roughly double the market for these materials in 2018. Consumers not only value the sustainability of these products, but they are also are drawn to their durability and energy efficiency. New technology and new products continue to improve this market. Here’s what to look for in 2020.
New green building products for 2020
1. Self-healing concrete
This new type of concrete contains self-healing, water-activated bacteria that create calcite to automatically repair cracks and imperfections that traditionally age and compromise concrete. A single slab of this concrete can last up to 200 years.
2. Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Mass Timber Panels
While these beams are not new, they are increasingly being used to replace steel beams and solid wood beams for structural support in homes and other buildings. Made from post-industrial waste wood and small trees that are often deemed not large enough for commercial use, their use helps to preserve old growth forests.
3. Transparent aluminum
One of the downsides about building a home with lots of windows is that the home is easy to break into by simply breaking the glass. Transparent aluminum combines the strength of aluminum with the transparency of glass. This gives you the light and energy-saving aspects of glass without compromising your family’s safety. This material also is impervious to corrosion and resistant to radiation and oxidation.
4. Invisible solar panels
One of the less desirable aspects of solar panels has always been their bulky, unattractive appearance. Solve that by installing new invisible panels that produce power by pushing wavelengths of light to cells at the edges. These can be used almost anywhere, even on doors and windows.
Building green doesn’t have to mean compromising on safety or aesthetics. Ask your building or your building supply retailer about these new green products.