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Products that Contain Fewer Materials that Achieve the Same End Use

Products that Contain Fewer Materials that Achieve the Same End Use

Intent

Minimize the resources consumed by and environmental impact of building a house.

Additional Information/How to Implement:

When specifying materials, consider the amount of resources going into the product and whether other alternatives are available. Examples are specifying hollow brick that meets the requirements of ASTM C 652 and is made from less material than face brick that meets ASTM C 216. Appearance and durability requirements are identical. Or, specifying engineered wood products, e.g., I-joists that use 35% less fiber material than solid-sawn products.

Caveat: even though engineered products can reduce the amount of feedstock used in a product, e.g., wood fiber in I-joists, more energy or binders may be needed to create the final product. While this may be the case, our intent is to reduce the core source of material going into the product’s creation.

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