Green Building: The Report is Out and The Results Are In

October 2, 2023

Recently, there has been more information about global issues that hit close to home. We’re on a path that’s creating opportunity for everybody to do their part in helping to improve the planet. From how we live day to day to how we build for the future. We can all make a significant impact on the health of our world for generations to come.

As we develop new technologies with a variety of building materials available, we are also becoming socially aware and more environmentally aware. One of the many ways we can all contribute is by utilizing recycled materials and reclaimed materials in our everyday lives.

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More and more buildings are being built to higher standards that promote more efficiencies as well as create a healthier space for inhabitants. That’s important not only for productivity in the work place but also creates less drain on energy sources. This is not only true in commercial buildings but also in private residences as well. More and more homeowners are also incorporating energy efficient homes that are setting a new standard for living. 

Barn Demo Elmwood Reclaimed Timber

Reclaiming Wood from a 100 Year Old Barn

The benefits of reclaimed, recycled and sustainable woods go much deeper than the timeless beauty and character they provide on the surface. These eco-friendly products directly aid in the reduction of new timber harvesting and utilize high-quality materials that otherwise end up in landfills across our country. Fortunately, going green has never looked so good with endless design possibilities and to obtain just the perfect ‘look-and-feel’ of these products is a click away and readily available.

At Elmwood, our business model is focused on landfill diversion. Our efforts to use and sell reclaimed and recycled lumber products is only one of the many aspects of our green initiatives. There are many more ways that Elmwood is focused on being a green company. Discover how we focus on being environmentally-friendly and preserving Mother Earth.

It is estimated that LEED-certified buildings produce 34 percent lower CO2 emissions than traditional buildings, use 25 percent less energy as well as 11 percent less water, and have directly diverted more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills. These are facts that support not only the case for building green but will also support our planet as this trend continues.

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Reclaimed Heart Pine Tops

Vibrant Reclaimed Heart Pine Tops from Old Growth Wood

Not only is reclaimed and recycled wood a great design choice, there are many reasons it is the best environmental choice as well. From promoting healthy forests to reducing the need for landfill space, there are many benefits that go overlooked. Socially, we can all share the responsibility and reclaiming provides a way to re-use materials that without question deserve a second life. From flooring to paneling, wood tops and shelves, Elmwood offers all the special design elements that make a space design come to life and create a sense of well-being.

Incorporating Biophilic Design into Modern Spaces

Open And Bright Spaces Promote Well Being

The design trends are moving toward creating spaces that promote well being in the workplace. Using natural materials to achieve biophilic design is growing in popularity. Making buildings that are more enjoyed by the people who use them is a major goal and will continue to gain momentum. Not only are these newer buildings more attractive, they also provide many environmental benefits as well.

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Standard building practices use and waste millions of tons of materials each year; compare that with green building which uses far fewer resources and also minimizes the waste and misuse of materials. LEED certified projects are directly responsible for diverting more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills, and it is projected that by 2030 that number is expected to grow to over 540 million tons in total. 

It comes as no surprise that top Architects and Designers are looking for ways to incorporate these green reclaimed products into their designs. It is through these efforts that we will build in a healthy and environmentally sustainable infrastructure for our future. Reclaimed wood is among the best materials that can be used in the fight against climate change by reducing the emissions of greenhouse gas and limiting our need for landfill space.

There are many sustainable wood products that are available to choose from when considering remodeling your home or business. Explore some of our most popular products to get some inspiration for your new design. You can also order free samples of all our woods or reach out to our team of specialists to find the wood to fit your needs! We are happy to help answer any of your questions and help you make the best choice for your project. 

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