11 Building Materials That Will Make You Forget About Concrete!

Categories: Green, DIY, Homes / Dwellings

Concrete is the material that literally holds all our cities together.  From homes and apartment buildings to bridges, viaducts, and sidewalks, this ubiquitous gray material's importance to modern urban life is undeniable. But you might have heard that it also has a dirty secret: the production of commercial concrete materials releases tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.  

With all this negative, we have found some positive green building materials that will make you forget about ever using concrete again!

Straw Bales

Straw bales are used to create a home’s walls inside of a frame, replacing other building materials such as concrete, wood, gypsum, plaster, fiberglass, or stone.

Source:Wolfgang von Boyen 



This is a method of laying concrete flooring, walkways, sidewalks, and driveways in such a manner that there are open patterns allowing grass or other flora to grow.

Rammed Earth

Rammed earth is a technology that has been used by human civilization for thousands of years, and can last a very long time.

Source: theimageweaver


A concrete like material created from the woody inner fibers of the hemp plant. The hemp fibers are bound with lime to create concrete-like shapes that are strong and light.

Source: HempTechnologies

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