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Building Materials and Techniques

Building MaterialsStandard building materials have evolved over the years to become more sustainable.  Many types of insulation are becoming available from cotton and denim batt insulation and spray foam insulation.  Traditional framing and insulating techniques have also evolved to using advanced framing, structural insulated panels (SIPs), insulated concrete forms (ICFs).  See below for more information on building materials and techniques, such as advanced framing, insulated concrete forms, structural insulated panels, passive solar design, and insulation.

Home Depot LEED Initiative Points & Products Finder

US Green Building Council – Green Home Guide

Minnesota Green Star – Residential Building Standards and Green Certification Program


US Department of Energy – Designing and Remodeling a Home

US Department of Energy – Building Technologies Publication and Product Library


Advanced Framing

US Department of Energy – Advanced House Framing Techniques

US Department of Energy – Advanced Wall Framing

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Green Building Products and Materials

Advanced Framing

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)

Structural Insulated Panel Association – What are SIPs?

Extreme Panel Technologies
475 East 4th Street North
Cottonwood, MN 56229

Panelworks Plus, Inc.
4861 Ambassador Blvd NW
St. Francis, MN 55070

Structural Insulated Panels

Insulated Concrete Forms

Insulated Concrete Forms Association

Insulated Concrete Forms Association – Find ICFA Members

Quad Lock – Insulated Concrete Forms Construction Time Lapse Videos

Concrete Forms

Passive Solar Design

US Department of Energy – Passive Solar Design

US Department of Energy – Guide to Passive Solar Home Design



US Department of Energy – Types of Insulation

Cotton Insulation at Natural Built Home

Bonded Logic Inc. – Ultratouch Denim Insulation Distributors

Owens Corning – EcoTouch Insulation

Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance

ICYNENE – Spray Foam Insulation (includes find a local contractor)

BioBased Spray Foam Insulation

Building Materials at Natural Built Home



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