Sustainable is the word to remember when choosing materials to build your new home.

High-performance, sustainable components deliver a return on investment that compounds year after year — a welcome reprieve when the world’s finances are in such turmoil.

Simply ask your builder to aim for green.

The building industry is, in fact, a leader in sustainable technology.

Take a look at Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), an organization that encourages and accelerates global adoption of green building and development practices. LEED has set up a third-party certification program providing an international benchmark for the construction and operation of high-performance, sustainable buildings.

“A green home uses less energy and natural resources,” says Todd Blyth at Nudura, the manufacturer of insulated concrete forms.

“It creates less waste and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants. Equally important benefits include lower energy bills, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and less exposure to mould, mildew and other indoor toxins. As a result, the net cost of owning a sustainable home is comparable to the cost of a conventional one.”

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