Recycled aluminum / Guides

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...Recycled glass countertops are resistant, sustainable and non-toxic © Icestone Recycled aluminum kitchen counters This is a great alternative to stainless steel but keeping a modern look. It is comprised of between 88 and 100% recycled content, and often sourced from post-industrial waste. Aluminum is usual...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...recycled barn boards, or renewable building materials such as bamboo, but this hemp flooring from a Tennessee manufacturer - Tennessee Wood Flooring is the first we have come across so far. This is indicative of a growing interest within the green home building community to source more sustainable materials with lower ...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...aluminum alloy (luaminum is one of the most widely used and recycled metals in the world, and a very common element in the Earth's crust). Using the Stirling engine, the heat stored in the alloy is converted into electricity during high demand or at night when the solar PV is no longer generating. It's also "clean" a...

"The Boneyard" in Arizona, the world’s biggest aircraft graveyard
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Old airplane fuselage is finding a new life as recycled building material.

...aluminum strong renders it impossible to recycle in the same manner as cans or other aluminum products. Without a commercially viable repurposing process, aviation aluminum has been overlooked until very recently. © Bio-Luminum CoveringsETC is a Florida manufacturer that has been fabricating f...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...aluminum alloy or steel metal rods) that are embedded in the ground. Done! Gabion walls are steel cages filled with stones or other materials The filling can be of all shapes and colors of granite or other stones. An important point to make when building a gabion wall in a cold climate – be sure to use non-poro...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...recycled. Cons of metal siding: Production (mining) is not at all green, metal has a high embodied energy. Cost of metal siding: $8 to $20 per square foot installed. Expected lifespan of metal siding: 50 years and over. Many types and styles of metal siding can be found. Pre-finished steel, galvanized steel, ...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...recycled content. Or go with something completely natural like Hemp Insulation Panels. The interior walls are certainly beautiful, but sequestering thousands of aluminum cans in a wall is not necessarily a great use of metal in an age of resource depletion. In 1972 no one was using them, or old tires, so he was in fa...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...aluminum foil facing. Thermal performance is rated at R6-6.5 per inch, but don't count on that if your winters are cold for the reasons we're about to explain. Most insulation products actually perform a bit better the colder it gets but polyisocyanurate breaks that rule. As of about 15°C its performance starts to dete...