Conventional vs. Green Building

Conventional vs. Green Building

Access Doors and Panels on 1st Aug 2018

Conventional vs. Green Building

When it comes to construction or any building project these days, there are two alternative: conventional or  green. Both have their benefits, and both have a price – the question is, which are you willing to pay for?

Access Doors and Panels breaks down the differences between conventional and green building from insulation to framing and more.


When it comes to conventional building, insulation is often done with the use of foam boards and a choice of insulation that are made of non-recycled materials. These in turn make them a higher density and stiffness. With these choices of insulation, when taking a conventional approach to building – materials that are often used often don’t disintegrate and are not biodegradable when they find their way into the landfills.

Green building however considers all facets of the environment and when it comes to insulation, the type of insulation used are typically made with wood or wool fibers. These alternatives means that when it comes to time for replacing panels or exchanging them they are highly recyclable and environmentally friendly.

Framing / Structure

Greenbuilding practices are fairly new-age which is a stark contrast to conventional building which have been around for centuries. Conventional buildings have traditionally been built using bricks, concrete and steel; however, green buildings use materials that are earthly. This includes everything from timber, stone and straw (depending on the climate and region). The principles of building when it comes to framing and structure also vary between the two with conventional building focusing heavily on functionality, while green building is about sustainability and considers those who are environmentally conscientious.


Next to a walls and a roof, the floors are essential to any building project. When it comes to conventional flooring it is very similar to insulation in that the materials often selected are readily accessible and cost-efficient to a contractors’ budget. The materials that find themselves in the landfills are typically not biodegradable because they have been made or enhanced with chemicals. With green building, the floors do not undergo any chemical manipulation or the same manufacturing processes that conventional floors undergo.

Examples of conventional floors include: concrete, wood laminate and tile.  Green flooring, while slightly costlier per square foot, they offer a natural and aesthetically appealing look – some green materials include: bamboo, hardwood and stone.


One of the greatest differences between conventional and green when it comes to design is that conventional buildings are done with the intent of having the greatest level of functionality as well with the possibility of mass reproduction or levels. When it comes to green designs however, a contractor, architect and builder will consider a design that would have minimal if possible no impact on the surrounding and overall environment. They consider the current place and try to build within the parameters that exists. Green designs also consider having a natural flow and symmetry – while conventional designs have little to no consideration of the surrounding environment, even if it means having a 70-story building that is surrounded by lower-level buildings.

Budget Considerations

There are many considerations a contractor and engineer must consider, materials is one thing but what goes hand in hand with that is the overall budget. With conventional building because the materials are readily available and have been used for centuries they are often cheaper to buy in bulk than that of green building. When choosing to build green the budget must be considered because choosing to go all green in a project can be costly – from flooring to insulation and much more.

Mix and Match

Whether you are a contractor, architect or designers, Access Doors and Panels offers a wide array of products that will help you with whichever building approach you choose to go with. 

To view our inventory, visit us at where our knowledgeable staff are ready to help you find the perfect panel. 

1st Aug 2018 Access Doors and Panels