"Green" Options for Exterior Siding?

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Hello, I have a 32-year-old two-story (story-and-a-half) house with crumbling composition siding. All the siding will need to be replaced. I'm in Central Texas, where temperature and humidity can be concerns. I'd appreciate input on sustainable, responsible siding options. I'm not a huge cement-fiber-board fan, although I will get at least one bid, becuase it needs to be painted. Addtionally I'm concerned about both manufacturing and end-of-useful-life disposal issues. Other options might include thin-stone veneer, full-stone veneer, manufactured stone (clone-stone, faux-stone) veneer, EIFS, stucco, or Eco Prem wood siding, possibly in a combination. While we have 3KW of solar PV on the roof and are exploring solar hot water, it is more difficult to find substantive discussions of siding that take sustainability and environmental responsibility into account. The house sits on a large lot that backs to permanent greenbelt, and firewise upgrades are desirable. Obviously, this is a MONEY PIT question, but we are interested in economically-favorable, sustainable, responsible solutions. What should we not overlook? Many thanks, Katie

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