Since the start of the century, the green revolution has been flying high with various jurisdictions even attaching actual cost benefits to eco-friendly operations. More and more eco-conscious people are investing in green architecture to cut back on both financial outlay and environment deterioration.
If you are contemplating building a green home soon, you can rest assured that there are barely any comforts or luxuries you will be forfeiting to save the environment. Green homes promise the same end results as conventional homes, from the homeowner’s viewpoint, but bear immeasurable positive impacts on the environment. Here are some of the best green home building ideas that you may want to incorporate in your home design.
Install Solar Panels
Solar panels are an essential part of any eco-home. They not only make your home more energy efficient and cheaper to live in in the long run, but also bring you closer to eligibility for grants and tax incentives that lower the general cost of building your home. Whether it is a commercial project or a home, installing solar panels should be high up in your to-do list.
Use sustainable materials
Maintenance and replacement costs make up for more than half of your home’s overall cost in the long run. Worse yet, all the repair works, including painting, replacing, and treatment of your home’s framework parts have damaging impacts on the environment and would nullify all your eco efforts if not addressed in the initial building design. Consider getting your home’s framework from a company that offers pre-engineered steel building systems such as Armstrong Steel. Steel is a great building material that offers both durability and sustainability.
Insulate your home
One of the principles of green building is energy efficiency. Insulating your home is a great step towards achieving this. Good insulation helps prevent heat loss during the cold seasons and heat absorption over the summer. The walls and the roof are the first place you should consider insulating because that’s where most of the heat escapes through. Also, consider double-glazing your windows and placing area rugs on your floor, especially if it is wooden, to prevent air sipping out through the cracks.
Build a smaller home
There is no need to build a large home for the sake of it. Regardless of how energy efficient your home is, you are doing the environment a huge disservice if the living space you are occupying is bigger than you actually need. A smaller home with the same energy efficiency as a large one would have a reduced impact on the environment. This is the angle you should be viewing your home from as far as green building is concerned.
Smaller homes are also cheap to build and maintain, and will likely cost you less in insurance premiums. At the time of construction, these may not seem like anything to worry about, but they will sure save you a fortune in the long run, which is where the ‘actual cost’ of your home is spread.