The Green Giant: What You Should Know About Sustainable Building Products

Posted October 28, 2016

With a recent emphasis on climate change, the green movement and energy efficiency is impacting all industries, including construction.

We’ve compiled some information to keep you up on the latest sustainability trends in the industry and help you stay in front of any potential business impacts. Here’s what you should know about sustainable products:

Durable, efficient.

Sustainable products aim to preserve resources over long periods of time while being environmentally friendly. What does that exactly mean for contractors?

Sustainability is an emerging focus in the construction industry, especially when it comes to building products. At their core, sustainable building products primarily consist of natural and recyclable materials. Natural materials last much longer, saving home and building owners money in the long term, as they won’t have to buy new products that weather over time. Also, recyclable materials cause less waste when they break down, further helping the environment.

And there’s no question sustainable building initiatives are becoming more mainstream.

They’re here to stay.

The up and down of the economy in recent years has caused consumers to be more cost-conscious than ever, making the lower cost and lifespan efficiency of sustainable products more attractive.

In fact, a study from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) found that the green building sector is outpacing overall construction growth in the United States and will continue to rise. Moreover, it’s estimated that green construction will directly contribute 1.1 million jobs and $75.6 billion in wages by 2018 in the U.S. 

Plenty of national trends are driving the demand for sustainability in the industry:

  • Traditional fossil fuel costs rising while alternative energy costs decrease
  • Continuing developments in energy-efficient technologies and designs
  • Greater emphasis on climate change*
  • In our current digital age and consumer-driven economy, homeowners are becoming more interested in learning about sustainability and using green products in their homes

Starting small is better than not at all

To ensure you’re prepared, it’s worth talking to your suppliers about what sustainable solutions and/or products they offer.

From steep and low slope roofing materials to roofing insulation to windows and siding, ABC Supply partners with a variety of sustainable brands across multiple exterior building product segments, including:

  • Concrete and Clay Tiles
  • Slate Roof Tiles
  • Metal Roofing
  • Composite Shingles
  • Modified Bitumen Roofing
  • Built-up Roofing
  • Roofing Insulation
  • Windows and Siding

You can start small and make a big difference by weaving sustainable products into current and future projects.

Need help? Stop on by.

Take a look at our online product catalog to browse a complete list of products and manufacturers we carry or stop by your nearest ABC Supply location to chat with a sales representative.

Manufacturers and products vary by branch, so visit the ABC Supply Branch Locator to see what products are available at a location near you.

Don’t forget to keep coming back to the ABC Supply blog for the latest industry trends to help you boost your business.

*2016 USBG Statistics