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What are Eco friendly houses

Updated on December 7, 2014
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What are Eco-friendly houses? (Greener homes)

Ever since I shuffled my way into the British television series called grand design, I couldn’t resist watching other episodes or checking the video streaming on the

Grand designs is a British television series broadcast by Channel 4 which features extraordinary architectural home building projects. It is Presented by Kevin McCloud and it features some of Britain's most ambitious self-building projects as most individual personally design, project manage and build their own dream homes.

Most of the designs embrace Eco-friendly houses which are also termed green homes. In Eco-friendly houses, certain factors are put into consideration: energy, water, and other resources are use efficiently while protecting the homeowner’s health, improving employee productivity, reducing fuel cost, reducing waste products and reducing pollution and environmental degradation.

Although, it is usually not too easy to make your old building Eco-friendly because it will require installing new insulation and this might means putting down the wall completely. It is advisable and cheaper to build an Eco-friendly house from the scratch.

Everyday new technologies are developed to enhance greener structures. The pursue for greener buildings is to cut carbon emissions to minimum and to reduce the impact of built environment on human, animals and natural environment.
There are lots of green products and building materials which could help make your home more sustainable and efficient while cutting the price of fuel cost. This material might require installing Solar panels, photovoltaic systems and triple window glazing. Some opt for the natural materials which usually come from but not limited to recycled newspapers, bottles and Tyre, sheep wool, newspaper and timbers.

However, some industrial buildings are beginning to embrace greener structures. The tallest green building in the world is Taipei 101, it is 508 m (1,666.7ft) tall and it was built in 2004 but received its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification on July 28, 2011. Taipei 101 is estimated to save 1.2 million US dollars in energy cost yearly.

Moreover, there are ways of been Eco-friendly in an old building! I will cover that in my other hub titled Ways-to-achieve-eco-friendly-designs-sustainable-building


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      Lola Oyedotun-Balogun 5 years ago from Calgary

      TheExten, you are right, it could be very impossible for many to build an Eco-friendly homes from scratch but can also make an existing home Eco-friendly. i have never heard of Heated skirting board but it seems fantastic. Thanks for your comment.