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For home renovators and HGTV stars Dave and Jenny Marrs, sustainability is more than a buzzword; it’s a way of life. From their own family garden where they compost soil and harvest seasonal vegetables to their community-focused project, The Berry Farm, Dave and Jenny practice what they preach. They carry this ethos into their renovation projects by using sustainable building products, including Mastic® vinyl siding and accessories, to create a greener future.
According to the Vinyl Siding Institute, vinyl siding is more efficient and has 40% less impact on global warming than fiber cement and 83% less impact on the environment than brick and mortar.(1)
The manufacturing of vinyl siding is designed with sustainability in mind. It requires minimal raw materials to manufacture, which reduces resource extraction and contributes less to deforestation and resource depletion compared to materials like wood or fiber cement. It’s lightweight construction means fewer resources are needed for transportation and installation, reducing the overall carbon footprint of the product.
Vinyl siding also produces less waste during on-site installation compared to wood, brick and mortar, or fiber cement. And because vinyl siding is recyclable, any scrap left over can be given new life. Mastic siding participates in the Vinyl Siding Institute’s recycling program to use scrap vinyl from house demolitions as source material in new vinyl siding. In 2022, this cooperative, along with other building exterior manufacturers, generated more than 40 tons of recycled vinyl scrap, keeping it out of landfills and reducing the need for new plastic raw materials to manufacture new vinyl siding.
The durability of vinyl siding reduces the need for frequent maintenance, meaning fewer resources are needed to keep the siding in good condition. For instance, unlike traditional wood siding, vinyl siding doesn’t require yearly painting to keep up its appearance. This results in fewer volatile organic compounds released into the environment, helping to reduce air pollution. And without the extra maintenance, homeowners can see savings add up year after year, making it not only an environmentally sustainable choice but also an economical one.
“For us, it’s not just about the here and now — it’s about building and remodeling homes that will stand the test of time and help leave a positive impact on future generations,” said Jenny, the creative backbone of the duo. Dave echoes the sentiment.
“We want to think bigger than the job site and consider what happens after the build is over,” he said. “Can the scrap from our remodel be recycled so it stays out of the landfill? Are we helping the environment by using products that can deliver a lifetime of energy efficiency? With Mastic vinyl siding, the answer is yes.”
Insulated vinyl siding, such as the Mastic Structure® Home Insulation System™ Siding that Dave and Jenny have used on remodels, enhances energy efficiency in homes. The high-performance foam backing wraps a home in a continuous blanket of insulation, reducing energy consumption and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
“Jenny and I have installed Mastic Structure® vinyl siding on a few remodel projects, and not only is it easy to install but also the quality, low maintenance, energy savings and curb appeal it brings to homeowners is unparalleled,” says Dave.
Dave and Jenny Marrs’ choice of Mastic vinyl siding for their home remodels is a testament to their commitment to sustainable living and design. The reduced environmental impact, durability, energy efficiency and low maintenance of vinyl siding make it a long-lasting, sustainable and affordable alternative to other exterior cladding materials. As homeowners themselves, the Marrs family sets a positive example by choosing materials that benefit not only their home and the homes they build and remodel but also the planet, leaving a legacy for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.
“Jenny and I are advocates for sustainability, but we realize the idea of sustainable living can be overwhelming,” Dave said. “Making one choice at a time, no matter how big or small, makes a positive impact on our environment.”
1 “Vinyl Siding: Reducing Our Carbon Footprint,” Vinyl Siding Institute, accessed October 31, 2023.