Building Materials: Natural Selection

Whether you’re planning a new build or renovating your existing house, there are lots of natural materials to ensure an efficient, beautiful and healthy home.

When deciding which natural building material is best suited to your needs, there are things you need to consider. Local availability, the cost of materials compared to your budget and what thermal properties you need it to achieve. The ease of construction is something you also need to take into account, and some people may also be swayed by a particular product’s embodied energy, which is the total energy consumed by the processes of extracting, processing and delivering building materials to the site.