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St. Paul, MN 55105
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Green Building Resources

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
http://leed.homedepot.com

US Green Building Council – Green Home Guide
http://greenhomeguide.com

Minnesota Green Star – Residential Building Standards and Green Certification Program
www.mngreenstar.org

Building

US Department of Energy – Designing and Remodeling a Home
www.energysavers.gov/your_home/designing_remodeling/index.cfm/mytopic=10080

US Department of Energy – Building Technologies Publication and Product Library
www1.eere.energy.gov/library/default.aspx?page=2

 

Advanced Framing

US Department of Energy – Advanced House Framing Techniques
www.energysavers.gov/your_home/designing_remodeling/index.cfm/mytopic=10090

US Department of Energy – Advanced Wall Framing
apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/publications/pdfs/building_america/26449.pdf

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Green Building Products and Materials
www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/topics/preventing-waste-and-pollution/green-building/products-and-materials.html

Advanced Framing

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)

Structural Insulated Panel Association – What are SIPs?
www.sips.org/about/what-are-sips

Extreme Panel Technologies
475 East 4th Street North
Cottonwood, MN 56229
www.extremepanel.com

Panelworks Plus, Inc.
4861 Ambassador Blvd NW
St. Francis, MN 55070
www.panelworksplus.com/

Structural Insulated Panels

Insulated Concrete Forms

Insulated Concrete Forms Association
www.forms.org/

Insulated Concrete Forms Association – Find ICFA Members
www.forms.org/content/find/index.cfm

Quad Lock – Insulated Concrete Forms Construction Time Lapse Videos
www.quadlock.com/insulated_concrete_forms/icf_time_lapse.htm

Concrete Forms

Passive Solar Design

US Department of Energy – Passive Solar Design
apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/publications/pdfs/building_america/29236.pdf

US Department of Energy – Guide to Passive Solar Home Design
www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/openhouse/pdfs/passivesolar_factsheet17.pdf

 

Insulation

US Department of Energy – Types of Insulation
www.energysavers.gov/your_home/insulation_airsealing/index.cfm/mytopic=11510

Cotton Insulation at Natural Built Home
www.naturalbuilthome.com/building-materials/cotton-insulation.html

Bonded Logic Inc. – Ultratouch Denim Insulation Distributors
www.bondedlogic.com/distributor-locator

Owens Corning – EcoTouch Insulation
insulation.owenscorning.com/homeowners/the-ecotouch-promise/

Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance
www.naturalbuilthome.com/building-materials.html

ICYNENE – Spray Foam Insulation (includes find a local contractor)
www.icynene.com/homeowner

BioBased Spray Foam Insulation
biobased.net/

Building Materials at Natural Built Home
www.naturalbuilthome.com/building-materials.html

 
   

 


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