VISION House, Los Angeles. LathamArchitectural.com
When it comes to homebuilding materials, consumers increasingly want products that are American made and sustainable. In a recent Green Builder Media study, almost 85% of those surveyed had a positive association with the term “green” and wanted to be known for having a green lifestyle.
Green Builder Media (www.greenbuildermedia.com) is just one of the companies following this trend. For example, its VISION House Series (www.greenbuildermag.com/vision-house) showcases homes built around the country that highlight the latest in green design, building techniques and products.
“Sustainability doesn’t have to equal sacrifice, “says Ron Jones, president of Green Builder Media and internationally renowned sustainability expert. “You don’t have to give up beauty or quality when you choose a green product – there is a wide variety of smart, sustainable and cost-effective products made in the United States that are easy for homebuilders and owners to access.”
In an effort to stay on the forefront of the marketplace, Green Builder Media is creating a Made in America Green Products Database, which focuses on US made products and manufacturing facilities that support our nation’s economy and limit harmful emissions into the atmosphere by reducing the miles products need to travel to get to consumers.
All American Made House in Bozeman by Lewendal Construction, Inc.
Another proponent of Made in America building materials is green home builder Anders Lewendal, of Bozeman Montana. In 2011, this father and son team finished their “All American Made House,” a 2,000 sf, 2-story house constructed entirely of US made materials.
The idea of trying to build a home entirely from American made products was sparked when one of their clients expressed a concern in where their home’s components came from. The client asked the builder to use as many local products as possible. Lewendal Construction, Inc (http://buildingbozemanhomes.com) decided to take the idea further by building the home entirely from products sourced and/or manufactured in the US, while costing about the same as other homes of similar size and quality, but using only half the energy.
The project was a success, costing only about 1% more than it would have if built from the typical foreign made materials.
To find out what this could mean to the country, the Lewendals talked to the Boston Consulting Group to add up what the impact would be if every US builder spent just 5% of their construction spending on American made rather than foreign materials. The study showed that in one year that would create 220,000 American jobs.
Those numbers gave birth to the Lewendal’s “All American Home Initiative, asking fellow builders to join the “5% Club.” To help builders, their website offers a list of suppliers of American made products. By specifying American made green products, builders and homeowners aren’t just helping the economy, they are helping the earth as well, since American made green products are generally sourced and produced with higher environmental standards.
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