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5 Eco-Friendly, Modern Building Materials to Incorporate into New Home Build

Research into modern building materials for new home build can be mind-boggling. There are so many different options out there, from traditional brick to more planet conscious alternatives. If you’re lacking a background in construction, but wanting to take on a new build project, it can be difficult to know the best choices, not only in terms of aesthetic but for practicality too.

The help of architects, like ourselves, should be enlisted for any major construction project. It’s our job to help bring your visions to life, all whilst supporting you in making the right choices in terms of functionality.

Below, we discuss the importance of selecting the right modern building materials and the best options for sustainability.

The importance of carefully selecting materials

The materials you choose to use can speak volumes. From reclaimed wood to reinforced steel, each different option will totally transform the vibe of your property.

When designing your new home, it’s important that you spend time establishing the kind of energy you want to give off. Do you want your property to feel industrial, clean, and modern, or homely, well-loved, and warm? What you decide will go a long way in effecting the kinds of materials you choose. Any credible architect will want to know your current visions and aspirations for the project before they get started with creating a plan. As such, it pays to have a couple of images in your head or a Pinterest moodboard before enlisting their help.

Key eco-friendly materials to consider

If you’re interested in doing your bit to help the planet during your new home build, there are lots of eco-friendly, modern building materials to choose from. Below, we’ve listed some planet friendly alternatives to traditional brickwork…

Recycled Steel

Steel is recycled time and time again. In fact, it’s one of the most repurposed materials of all time and for good reason.

Steel is an incredibly strong and durable building material, making it perfect for use all over your home. Perfect if you’re looking to capture features of industrial architecture around your property.


Over the last few years, bamboo is a building material we’re seeing used more and more. Within clothing, for home décor, and now for building properties too! Although it might not be suitable to design your entire house out of bamboo, it’s definitely something you should consider incorporating where possible. These plants take just 3-5 years to grow and are anti-bacterial and bio-degradable too!

Sheep Wool

Sheep wool is a natural material that is used for insulating homes. In the current climate, homeowners are doing all they can to cut down on energy and heating costs. Although initial investment is required, good insulation can save you thousands over a short period of time. Why not chose one of the most sustainable options?

Reclaimed Wood

Okay so wood isn’t one of the most modern building materials out there. It’s been used for centuries, in fact. This being said, as architects, we have seen a huge increase in the use of reclaimed wood over the last few years, making it highly desirable. People love the idea of bringing an element of nature indoors. What’s more, the converted barn look is becoming increasingly popular also. Wood is a well-rounded material. It’s easy to build with, versatile, and aesthetically pleasing. What’s not to love!

Who are Munday + Cramer?

Munday + Cramer are an Essex-based architecture firm, serving the county and surrounding areas. We have extensive experience across the construction field, with specific knowledge in every stage of the process. From planning and design to procurement and facilities management, our project managers are here to help you every step of the way.

Contact us

Interested in knowing more about us and how we work? For advice on eco-friendly, modern building materials, speak to one of our experts today! To reach our team, give us a call on 01245 326 200 or click here to fill out our contact form.