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21st Century Green Building Materials

Last updated 3 years ago

For centuries, architects and civil engineers were in search of stronger and more durable building materials. Today, that search includes materials that are eco-friendly and energy efficient. Buildings that are made out of renewable or recycled material have a smaller impact on the environment compared to those built using traditional techniques and materials. Here is a closer look at some cutting-edge green building materials:

Plant-Based Rigid Foam
What started as an eco-friendly surfboard material has now become one of the leading insulation materials for green architects and civil engineers. Manufactured from materials such as bamboo, hemp, and kelp, plant-based polyurethane rigid foam insulation offers high moisture and heat resistance, excellent acoustics, and protection against mold and pests.

Recycled Steel
Every year, approximately 65 tons of scrap steel are recycled. In addition to reducing the energy required to produce steel by 75 percent, recycling scrap metal also saves space in landfills. And according to the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI), it would require no more than six scrapped cars to build the frame for a 2,000 square-foot home. If you are renovating your home or office, rent a recycling dumpster from and turn your scrap metal into reusable building materials.

Recycled Wood/Plastic Composite Lumber
If you recycle plastic bags, you may find them in the construction of your new deck or playground. A 50/50 combination of wood fibers and recycled plastics is more durable and less toxic than conventional treated lumber. Composite lumber is also more resistant to mold and rot than conventional treated lumber products.

Recycling scrap in your home or commercial properties will provide green building materials for future generations. offers recycling dumpster rentals and LEED-certified recycling solutions for homeowners and businesses throughout NJ. Visit our website or call (201) 258-3699 to learn more about our recycling services and dumpster rental solutions


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