Addison, Texas (AP) If you’re building a habitat in an abandoned ranch or an old church, you might want to consider using some of the materials found in a typical home.
Some are already widely used and some are more difficult to find.
A Texas A&M study released Thursday said it found some materials are becoming increasingly common in homes, and they’re being used more frequently in the construction industry.
For example, the study found that more than half of the new homes in the state are built with materials made from reclaimed wood, and about half of those are in suburban areas.
That’s up from less than half in 2008.
“The materials we’re seeing today are not only being used in homes but are being used to construct buildings in many homes,” said Dr. Andrew McWilliams, the Texas A & M University associate professor of building construction and rehabilitation.
The Texas A and M study, released by the American Institute of Architects, said some of those materials can be used in building habitats and that the average home needs between 100 and 200 to 600 pounds of materials to make it habitable. “
There are a lot of materials being used today that are really not commonly used in home building.”
The Texas A and M study, released by the American Institute of Architects, said some of those materials can be used in building habitats and that the average home needs between 100 and 200 to 600 pounds of materials to make it habitable.
That means most of the construction materials used in habitats are made from recycled wood, wood chips, cardboard and other materials.
Some of those recycled materials are already in homes.
Other materials used for habitat projects can be found in traditional homes, like wood floors, plumbing fixtures and carpet.
McWilliams said many homes aren’t using the recycled materials because they’re cheaper and they don’t require extensive work to be made.
He said people aren’t looking to reuse their materials because of the environmental impact, but because they like to recycle them.
“We’re seeing a trend in the community that people are not looking to use a material that is being used against the environment, but they are using recycled materials in their homes,” he said.
The institute study said about one-third of homes in Texas require a habitat.
It found that homes in urban areas tend to use materials like corrugated metal, brick and concrete.
It also found that nearly half of all homes in suburban Texas require at least one habitat and one habitat-type home can be built on the same lot.
The Texas A research found that the number of homes with a habitat has been growing.
About 4.3 million homes have one or more habitats built or constructed in the past decade, up from 3.6 million in 2008, according to the institute.
A total of 7.6 percent of homes require more than one habitat type in Texas.
McAllister said it’s important for homeowners to look at the environmental benefit of their project and what’s being built around them.
That could be the difference between a home being able to support its own energy needs or if it needs to be used to build other types of structures.
“In a lot to do with people wanting to live in these homes and to make sure they can provide for themselves, the more sustainable that is the more efficient,” he added.