Throughout our research, we found that many of our materials had sustainable qualities. Each material had at least one sustainable factor to look at. Due to that, we knew that we had to look more in to the other advantages of each material. Our choice could not just be made on sustainability anymore. When any product is advertised, sustainability is one of the top things companies mention. If it is sustainable, then it HAS to be great, right? I mean that is how it seems sometimes. We are always looking to see if the material or product is recyclable or emits no gas emissions or stores heat or can be made from other recycled materials. I bet if you searched for a conventional material, you would now find a sustainable, eco-friendly version. You will also find on the page if the company is specifically working with a green organization like LEED or USGBC, etc. Companies want you to know every bit of how their product is sustainable that it is a norm now when looking at any material. There is no surprise it’s sustainable now.
Looking at some of the materials we researched, those exact qualities can be found. Rheinzink zinc is 100% recyclable, low emissions from production and emits no VOCs. Rheinzink also has a specific link on their page to how they work with LEED and BREEAM certification. The company Metal-Tech USA that produces a new sustainable version of copper also mentions their specific connection with USGBC and their new line of promoting new sustainable metals. When looking up limestone, for example, Indiana limestone, there page solely promotes its sustainability: no VOC emissions, low energy inputs, eligibility for LEED credits, noise reduction in production, etc. Brick can now be made from recycled materials of all sorts with its compatibility to passive and solar energy.
As you can see, sustainability is everywhere! You could not hide from it if you tried. You should not anyways for obvious reasons. What I am really trying to say though is nowadays we cannot just look at how materials are sustainable. If we do, it is not going to rule any material out. We need to pay attention to how they are also innovative, bringing change, giving us advantages and so on.