Materials with a high Embodied Energy

Low-embodied energy building materials have many advantages, but they are expensive than conventional materials and may not have the strength or durability of high-embodied-energy building materials, like steel or concrete. Although steel production will require a lot more energy to extract the raw materials and will release a lot of carbon during the manufacturing process, it is one the most used and building materials and essential in building structurally sound and long life cycle buildings.  

But the environmental benefits of natural, low impact materials outweigh their costs, and it should not prevent architects, builders or developers to incorporate renewable, organic resource in their designs. These natural, low-embodied-energy building materials are a sustainable, energy-efficient and healthy choice for better indoor and outdoor environment.