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How to make your home Eco-Friendly sustainable building

Updated on December 7, 2014
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Use a Smart design for your Eco-friendly construction

How to be Eco-Friendly

I am usually attracted to contemporary home designs and interior decoration because of its minimalist’s designs, big windows and the modern feel. I got excited recently when I found out that most Eco friendly homes could be built in contemporary way. Before now, when I hear about Eco friendly houses on the media, my mind always goes to some houses built out of old recyclable materials or inexpensive do- it- yourself kind of compost toilet. However, I have been wrong because they are not limited to that alone but are modern technology built for this purpose. If you are someone like me, who had always thought the same way, then your opinions are about to change now. Whether is a new home or already built structure, there are always several ways to follow to achieve greener homes.

Use a Smart design for your Eco-friendly construction
When designing an Eco-friendly house, put this in mind that lesser is better. Designs that keep you close to the natural environment should be considered by using technology which would improve quality.

  • Fix a home automation technology which controls heat, window coverings, lighting, security sensors and cameras, electricity, and also track the way you utilize you gas and water.
  • Use high ceiling, big windows and glass doors which can make a room look larger and spacious.
  • Make use of a conservatory because it brings daylight and warmth into homes.
  • Fix skylights into the roof to get natural sunlight. Sunlight is free and more powerful than any bulb, although it is advisable to fix blinds which can be rolled over whenever you want to stay away from window view.
  • Use smart storage system

Water conservation
Low flow water mechanism can be incorporated into a house structure, a technology which can be use in the kitchen, shower or toilet flushing. 25% of water used in the household is used in toilet so a technology such as rainwater flushing system which can use water harvested from the rain to flush toilet could be considered.

Use Eco-friendly material
Some materials usually used for building does more harm than good to the occupiers because of its long term effects. You have to select your material discreetly.

  • Use materials that emit few or no carcinogens and irritants.
  • Use paint with low or zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs).VOC are the smell that comes out of a newly painted house and it is considered to be one of the five health hazards to humans.
  • Use products that maximize resource while reducing chemical emissions.
  • Use products and systems that resist moisture or inhibit the growth of biological contaminants in buildings.
  • Use materials that require simple, non-toxic, or low-VOC methods of cleaning.
  • Use natural and renewable materials harvested from sustainable managed sources and if possible have an independent certification and are certified by an independent third party.
  • There are some material made of recycled material but yet polished and made into modern materials while some tiles are made out of recycled glass, some are also polished into contemporary furniture.

Energy saving
Energy Efficiency can be maximized by utilizing materials, components, and systems that help reduce energy consumption in buildings and facilities and reduce electricity bills.

  • Use solar panels for the house. Solar heating will provide energy for your house in many ways by the use of solar radiation which derives their energy from the sun. Solar thermal technologies are renewable energy which can be used for water heating, space heating, and space cooling and process heat generation.Solar water tanks can also heat and store water.
  • Energy saving light bulbs or low wattage light bulbs is a great way to save energy easily, they plug straight into any lighting unit and use less energy. Some could be brighter than standard light bulbs yet saves energy.
  • Use the motion sensor light bulbs for both inside and outside the house. This will save you energy because it automatically turns off when you leave a room.
  • Let your wall insulation be as thick as 275-300mm to conserve heat, though it can be difficult and uncomfortable to add insulation to an existing home, but it is relatively cheap to install it during construction. There's another good reason for fitting plenty of insulation: it is the easiest way to ensure that you keep your heating bills as low as possible in the future.
  • Embrace triple glazing glass.

Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction (Builder's Guide)
Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction (Builder's Guide)

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