It seems like everything is becoming environmentally friendly these days. There are eco-friendly cars, lorries, meats, clothing and the list goes on. Whenever something is created in a way which does not harm the environment, it is considered to be eco-friendly. Now the same thing is happening with the development of homes.
Some people may install certain eco-friendly features in their homes, such as solar panels and high-quality insulation for their doors and windows. However, when a home is considered an eco-friendly home, every feature of its construction must have eco-friendliness in mind. The foundation, windows, roof, power, water, walls, heating, air conditioning, lighting, and construction materials all factor into whether a home is eco-friendly or not.
Below are the top 4 things to consider when building an eco-home.
1) Smaller is Better
In the old days, houses were built just big enough to accommodate a family’s basic needs. Now houses are built much bigger because people have more possessions and furniture to store. But if you want to build an eco-home, then you should keep it a smaller size. Not only will you preserve more land space, but you won’t require as much electricity to heat and cool the home either.
2) Fewer / Smaller Windows
Windows serve several purposes. They give us a view of the outdoors and allow natural lighting to shine through into our homes. However, windows also cause heat and cool air from the inside to seep through and go outside. This increases the demand for power because your HVAC will need to generate more heat or cool air to replace it.
If you install smaller windows or fewer windows, then you can create better insulation for your eco-home. You should also consider getting thick, multi-layered windows to insulate your rooms further.
3) Use Biodegradable or Recycled Construction Materials
A lot of construction companies end up with extra glass, timber, and plastic after a building project is completed. Sometimes these materials are extracted from a demolished building and recycled for other building projects. When you construct your eco-home, think about using recycled materials like these to build it. Then you won’t need to exhaust more resources from the environment.
4) Water-Saving Fixtures
Water fixtures are notorious for leaks and drips after they’re used. Things like taps, toilets, and showerheads exhaust a lot more water than you intend to use. Fortunately, a lot of manufacturers are coming out with eco-friendly water fixtures which are designed to prevent leaks and dripping. If you install these fixtures in your home, you could save a substantial amount of water each month.