Natural Resources Defense Council BUILDING GREEN FROM PRINCIPLE TO PRACTICE
Home Build Your Business Case Set Your Budget and Goals Adopt a Whole-Building Approach Apply Sustainable Building Strategies Capitalize on Your Achievement
MAKE SMART USE OF MATERIALS AND RESOURCES

Using reused and recycled materials as much as possible -- during construction and throughout the life of your building -- will save you money and time and help conserve natural resources such as wood.

Evaluate and specify materials or assemblies based on life-cycle analysis tools such as eLCie, BEES and Athena.
Create a management plan for construction waste management with the help of a consultant. Some integrated waste management companies such as Allied Waste offer services that are designed to meet LEED criteria in this area.
Make use of preexisting building shells and other structural elements at your site, when possible.
Set aside used materials such as hardwood flooring, high-quality brick, structural steel, plumbing fixtures and cabinetry and install them in your new space or elsewhere
Use materials that were harvested, extracted or recovered in the region.
Choose remanufactured furniture, which is made from recycled parts, costs less and saves natural resources.
Limit wood use. For items such as shelving and bookcases, consider using composites made from wheat fiber or other agricultural waste or other non-wood materials.
Specify certified wood products. Purchase wood or wood products that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, indicating they originate from sustainable, well-managed forests. FSC-certified wood can be more expensive than common types of wood, but is less expensive than exotic varieties. Growing demand is driving down the price of certified wood.
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