Close Encounters

Looking to lessen the eco-impact of your project? These sustainable, locally made materials trump goods trucked in from afar.


The new resilient CorrectDeck CX from Maine company Correct Building Products is made from wood fiber (culled from sawmills) and recycled plastic polypropylene (think old yogurt cups). The boards look like wood but never
need sealing or refinishing, and won’t splinter, crack, or warp.

97 miles from manufacturer to Boston


Tom Harris’s Architecture Timber and Millwork, based in Hadley, uses reclaimed wood—prized for its grain, character, and color—salvaged from old
New England mills, barns, and homes. He typically stocks pine, oak, chestnut, and spruce, which he uses to create flooring, cabinetry, and architectural details.

108 miles from manufacturer to Boston


Premade exterior panels, consisting of rigid foam insulation sandwiched between thin wood skins, are built just an hour’s drive away at Branch River Plastics. The walls can be clad in anything from clapboard to cedar shingles. Building a home with panels like these produces significantly less waste than traditional construction.

55 miles from manufacturer to Boston