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The recent changes in modern construction technology have made it possible for home builders to be more eco friendly than ever. The question for many is whether or not they should switch from the tried and true materials to the new eco friendly materials. Changing materials and products means some time spent learning about the new products, figuring out the best practices for uses of these materials and maybe even some added expense or difficulty in getting a hold of those materials. However, most home builders can now easily make the switch to at least a few eco friendly products in their homes. The question is do they want to spend the time familiarizing themselves with the products?


Homebuilders and condo builders have many reasons for making the change in their construction practices. These materials can help preserve the environment and prevent further pollution from entering local biospheres. That’s a big plus in the minds of green minded home buyers looking to live a sustainable lifestyle. Also, some governments in nations around the world are providing incentives to home buyers and builders to go green. The British government has recently passed measures making it possible for people buying and building new homes that are eco friendly to get 25 year, no interest loans. The United States government offers numerous tax advantages to home buyers of new green homes. Home buyers and builders can get credits on their taxes, and even find coupons for local suppliers of green energy products.
Newer eco friendly materials are also much longer lasting than some other commonly used materials. They can also be lighter, thinner and stronger to use. For instance, it is becoming a trend to use recycled steel beams in homes instead of wood frames. It only takes three old cars to frame an entire home, and saves trees in the process.


Green materials are also safer for the people living in the homes too. Many plastic by-products release toxins when still new and just installed into a home. These toxins are carcinogens, and can cause difficulty breathing.


Most home builders will need to start making the switch to eco friendly materials soon anyway. Governments are passing strict environmental laws that will have a major impact on production and construction. Better to make the change now and get ahead of the curve when others are scrambling to meet government environmental regulations.


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