Contractor's Guide for Green Building materials

TitleContractor's Guide for Green Building materials
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsSano, R., S. Andrulis, M. Olijnyk, D. Grills, and B. Marissen
KeywordsCampus Buildings, green materials, sustainability, sustainable buildings, University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo is constantly growing and expanding in size. New buildings are being built and renovated every year. Looking at the building process from the cradle to grave approach, the amount of money and energy used is abundant and far surpasses sustainable levels. This lead our group to explore the question: are there alternative building materials on the market that are cost effective, environmentally friendly, and are of equal or better quality than that currently being used? This study focused on the best “green” building materials currently on the market. The first stage of the paper is defining and explaining key terms. To ensure that all parties are on the same level, definitions of such as sustainability and green materials were provided to avoid confusion. This outlined the criterion upon which the green products were selected from. This report acts as a great reference guide for local builders and contractors who are interested in building with green materials or learning about them. Green Building material are more ecologically sustainable and are currently cost effective and available on the market… For full text, please e-mail