Green building (also known as sustainable building) refers to both a structure and the application of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This requires close cooperation of the contractor, the architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages.The Green Building practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.
An Eco-house (or eco-home) is an environmentally low-impact home designed and built using materials and technology that reduces its carbon footprint and lowers its energy needs.
Here are a few tips to help you make your home as eco-friendly as possible:
1. Use solar power
Harvesting sun power is one of the best possible solutions when thinking about making your home Eco-friendly. Installing solar panels may seem like a costly option, but in the long run, it’ll pay off immensely. You’ll save up on electricity bills and be able to make the entire house run solely on solar power, which will create a great home for you and for the others when you decide to sell it.
You should also allow more natural light to illuminate your home by installing rooftop windows. Once the room is well-lit it’ll look more inviting and automatically make future buyers fall in love with an entire interior.
2. Invest in energy-efficient insulation
To save hundreds of dollars a year on electricity bills, think about adding extra insulation to the attic. Check the house for any potential cracks and seal them immediately to make the home energy-efficient and more attractive to buyers. A thermal leak detector will alert you to any possible leak that may occur during colder weather when it detects noticeable temperature difference indoors.
3. Roof gardens
Another eco-friendly housing design component, green roofs help reduce the influx of heat, are a great way to add oxygen producing plants and the perfect way to battle the adverse effects of urban sprawl in residential communities. They also help with stormwater management, elongate the durability of your home’s roofing membranes, and are the perfect way to insulate your homes against the hard-beating of the sun. And to top it off, the aesthetics benefits of roof gardens are also quite appealing!!