Green Building Materials Require Research Before Being Applied

Constructing a green building or renovating an existing building to increase efficiency is a smart decision for commercial building owners.  Before construction begins, however, construcion materials should be researched.

New green building materials are constantly being introduced to the market.  Often the products are so new and “high-tech” they are not UL listed or Factory Mutual approved.  In addition, green building materials may not be well tested.  Conditions surrounding a project will determine if the materials should be used considering issues such as temperature, moisture and wind patterns.  Keep in mind green building materials may not be available in certain quantities so delivery expectations should also be considered.

While under construction, quality control of your green building project should be constantly evaluated.  Contractors can somewhat unfamiliar with new, green building materials.  Before, application, communicate to each contractor the recommended installation procedures.

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