If you are considering building a new garage, you should know that there are eco-friendly building options for your Salt Lake City garage. Environmentally friendly spaces are becoming increasingly mainstream as consumers become more health conscious and environmentally conscious. There is a range of environmentally friendly building materials out there to choose from for Salt Lake City garages. Let’s take a look at some of the options.

Recycled steel frames

The Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) produces customized steel beams and panels for construction projects made out of recycled steel. These steel frames are quite durable, and steel frames tend to be better than wood frames in terms of environmental impact. According to the SRI, a 2,000-square-foot wooden structure requires around 50 trees to build, while a frame from recycled steel can be produced from a mere six scrapped cars.

Recycled or reclaimed wood 

If you will be using any kind of wood when building your Salt Lake City garage, you can opt for recycled or reclaimed wood that has been salvaged from riverbeds or old buildings. It’s best to avoid products produced from old growth forests or endangered tropical hardwoods, as harvesting timber from old growth forests or endangered tropical forests is incredibly damaging to the environment.

Insulated concrete forms

If you are planning on heating or cooling your Salt Lake City garage, insulated concrete forms are wise. Described as “cast-in-place concrete walls that are sandwiched between two layers of insulation material,” insulated concrete forms can be used in both freestanding walls and building blocks. Not only is their environmental impact minimal, they will also save you money on heating and cooling. According to an MIT study, insulated concrete forms can save 20 percent in energy costs in cold weather climates, such as Salt Lake City.

Structural insulated panels

If you’re planning on heating or cooling your garage, you might also want to consider structural insulated panels. These panels are essentially a layer of foam insulation sandwiched between two pieces of plywood, and they can help you save up to 50 percent on your energy costs. They are ideal for foundations, floors, and load-bearing walls.

Low- or no-VOC paints and stains

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are toxic to both human health and to the environment, emitting dangerous levels of carbon. VOCs degrade indoor air quality and cause outdoor air pollution and, therefore, should be avoided. When you are preparing to paint or stain surfaces in your new Salt Lake City garage, the safest choices are low-VOC or no-VOC products.