All right, so you recycle paper and plastic, limit your water usage and conserve gas. You're taking strides for the environment, but maybe you're ready for a more progressive leap.

All right, so you recycle paper and plastic, limit your water usage and conserve gas. You're taking strides for the environment, but maybe you're ready for a more progressive leap.

Try incorporating these principles into the foundation of your home by using eco-friendly building materials to spruce up your space and add value. Here are some "green" products to blend into the interior and exterior of your home:

Accoya™ has recently gained a reputation for durability and resourcefulness. A process called acetylation gives Accoya™ its competitive advantage -- resistance. Accoya™ withstands water deterioration and UV damage for long periods of time. In fact, it has even been used to line canals.

The self-sustainable nature of this product classifies it as an eco-friendly, renewable resource. If you're looking for a great environmentally-friendly building material for boat decks, patio furniture, sheds or tree houses, Accoya™ is a great candidate for the job.

Bamboo. Consider using a dynamic and versatile material like bamboo to create an eastern aesthetic that works well in urban spaces. As a great organic alternative to plastics and carpets with high VOCs and toxic adhesives, bamboo is being used more frequently as an alternative to wood.

It quickly regenerates after the stalk is cut, and provides a sturdy frame for sleek furniture and rugs. It can also be spun into yarn for bedding and drapery. Small urban spaces are an ideal setting for the clean, contemporary lines of bamboo furnishings.

Ekobe® Looking for an eco-friendly material with an exotic flair? Look no further than Ekobe® tiles, which add an organic feel to sleek, contemporary spaces as they provide the utmost durability. The texture of a coconut shell can provide an array of eclectic designs and subtle style.

Teak. From the forests of South Asia, teak is one material you don't want to overlook. It's durable, eco-friendly and in high demand. Purchase new teak or search for old pieces to refurbish. Either way, teak is a great choice for living room furniture or backyard patios.

X-Board is used in aerospace engineering, packaging and automotives, but it can also be an eco-friendly addition to your home. This extreme building material boasts a core composed of 100 percent recycled paper and 100 percent natural fibers. X-board's light but durable composition makes it a great candidate for tables, benches, partitions and countertops.

If you have the option, try and reupholster furniture and reuse old materials. This is a simple but effective way to promote eco-friendly living. It will also increase resale value. For more information on eco-friendly building materials, contact your local agent today.

Harley E. Rouda Jr. is the CEO of Real Living, one of the nation's fastest-growing real estate companies.

Harley E.

Rouda Jr.