Understanding Alternative Building Products Before Use

Due to supply shortages, many homebuilders are venturing out, exploring alternative materials and products to use for projects. Builders are building homes out of natural materials such as rammed earth, adobe brick and volcanic rock.

According to NAHB, using these alternative materials, however, may come with added challenges, such as higher costs due to a need for skilled labor, delays by home inspectors who may be unfamiliar with the techniques and methods of construction, and energy consultants who might have difficulty calculating the value of homes with these materials.

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