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5 Innovative Materials for Custom Home Builders

By Mike Wheatley | September 28, 2019

As a custom home builder, it is important to stay on top of new developments regarding building materials. Every year, a new generation of new materials is released, providing builders with better solutions for homeowner needs. Manufacturers continue to create stronger, lighter and sustainable materials that can solve many challenges of construction.

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The way you build is important. Providing customers with top-quality solutions when it comes to construction needs, materials like Residential Ready mix concrete, energy-efficiency and other areas are essential to building a portfolio of steady clients. Below are a few examples of new building materials that will be shaping the future of home construction.

Fiber Cement

Over the years, fiber cement siding has continued to change and evolve. In today’s building world, the siding option is one that is sought out by homeowners due to its many benefits. The material has a long life span and is also affordable. The option is versatile in style and is one of the best ways to emulate wood on the exterior of the home.

The material comes in various colors and textures, not only looking great visually but also offering added insulation in the home. This means lower utility bills for the homeowner.


Speaking of energy efficiency, to ensure homeowners will save more on their energy usage, ICF should be considered during the construction phase. With insulated concrete forms, homes will have a high R-value with the combination of foam and concrete. The wall provides minimum air infiltration which means better disaster resistance, durability and of course energy efficiency!

Modular Bamboo

This is yet another new material on the market that should be considered by home builders. The material is sturdy and eco-friendly and low-cost. In the long run, the material can be mass-produced because bamboo is fast-growing and can be transported in bulk by using a bullard hook. The bamboo can be used to create various shapes and structures, perfect for building an earthquake-resistant building.

Builders in areas where earthquakes are prevalent are leaning more towards using the material as it provides better resistance to the natural disaster. Modular bamboo can also be used to create new architectural forms as well as to reinforce steel bars.


Sounding like something out of a sci-fi movie, nanocrystal is a material that makes smart windows even smarter. The material is created from crystalline nanoparticles that will allow natural light to pass through but block heat at the same time. Think about older windows. When you have light streaming in, the glass becomes hot. With this new technology, the windows will provide natural light but will stop any heat from being produced.

With this type of window installation, homeowners have more control over their HVAC costs. The dynamic windows will allow the homeowner to control how much light enters the space and keep cooling and heating costs down.


Another helpful material connected to HVAC costs is hydrocermics. With this material, you have a membrane that consists of ceramic, fabric and hydrogels. The material absorbs up to 400x its volume in water.

In a building setting, the material will help to cool the building temperature and save as much as 28% on air conditioning electricity costs.

These are just a few examples of new products on the market today that are changing the way homes and buildings are constructed. As a custom home builder, staying up to date on new technology and innovations allows you to offer customers something more. This allows you to have a leg up on the competition and continue to have a strong reputation as a quality builder in the community.

Attend seminars and learn more about new products as well as construction and rigging services as they are released to stay relevant and on-trend with new innovations in the building industry. 

Corey Tyner is the owner of Arizona land buyers. He is one of the top real estate investors in Arizona with over a decade of experience. His work has been featured on Bigger Pockets, Real Estate Agent Magazine, and several other real estate investor publications.

Mike Wheatley is the senior editor at Realty Biz News. Got a real estate related news article you wish to share, contact Mike at [email protected].
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