4 cottage building materials that are better for the environment

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Insulating your cottage saves energy. But what about the energy that went into manufacturing that fibreglass or extruded polystyrene in the first place? If you’re trying to reduce energy use and carbon emissions as you travel to the cottage and use it, you should also pay attention to embodied carbon—the emissions from manufacturing, transporting, installing, and disposing of building materials. Cement and concrete, metals, and plastics are generally high-emissions building materials, but there are alternatives with lower embodied carbon.

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