The growing interest in energy efficiency impacts the building industry. As residents in Michigan look for ways to reduce their energy costs and make their home more efficient, builders need to evaluate the materials used in new projects. By focusing on energy efficient materials, you can keep up with changing interests and preferences for new homes.

Insulated Concrete

Insulated concrete is a useful material when building a new structure. The insulation is cast into the center of concrete forms to improve insulation and reduce energy expenditures. By focusing on insulated concrete, you help prevent a home or building from losing heat or cooling at different times of the year. The concrete is usually used in building blocks, but may also apply to freestanding walls in some buildings.

Cool Roofing

A cool roof is a roof made with light-colored materials that reflect sunlight and help reduce cooling costs in the summer. Although the roofing material has a slightly higher initial cost, it has a positive impact on energy expenditures during warmer seasons. It helps reduce the amount of energy you or a homeowner loses during the summer by limiting the extra heat produced by darker colors.

Low Emissivity Windows

Low emissivity windows, which are also called low-e windows, are a good building material when finishing up a project. The low emissivity windows have a specific advantage in Michigan's changing seasons. It reduces the heat that flows through the glass by as much as 50 percent, which helps reduce heating expenditures by 15 to 20 percent.

Energy efficient building materials reduce costs and problems related to heating, cooling, and maintaining a building. By using energy efficient materials in a building project, you are able to encourage potential buyers to consider the long-term advantages of modern materials when they move into the building.