Sustainable Building Materials

What makes building materials sustainable?

Choosing what materials a structure is built with, what goes inside it and where the materials come from is the first step in designing and building sustainably. The highest priorities are minimizing both the resources used and the structure’s ecological impact.

Renovated Searle Chemistry Laboratory and countertops made from recycled glass, and a bamboo plant

Photo by Cheryl Rusnak
Bamboo from: Seethalakshmi, K.K. and M.S. Muktesh Kumar, Bamboos of India (Kerala, India: Kerala Forest Research Institute), 187 Crerar:QK495.G74S497 1998