Green home design

By Sergio González | 11:28

 

We are used to thinking that green initiatives must be undertaken by governments or large companies, and we are really thankful for them, but did you know that households and personal energy demand account for half of CO2 emissions?

Every single one of us has power to affect our planet and further than what we usually think, so let’s try to make this influence positive with green home design and a little more responsible behavior.

Materials employed in buildings take a great part in steeping up emissions if they are made from non-renewable resources, which are very hard to obtain and generate tons and tons of waste and pollution during the process. On the other hand, renewable materials such us wood or natural dyes are produced naturally by our planet and are key in green home design.

Using eco-friendly materials has many benefits but among them all, two are to be considered carefully. The cost of replacements over the life of your home will be much lower, they’re are renewable materials, and people living with you will enjoy better health.

Indoor air quality is greatly affected by the materials and painting employed in construction and the greener you go, the less toxins you’ll invite to your living-room. Jump into natural materials but remember to ask for non-moisturising ones -let’s avoid mold- and make sure they emit the fewer VOCs -volatile organic compounds- possible. 

Natural materials also boast another feature that makes them meet the highest green criteria: they are meant to be cleaned with natural non-pollutant products.

To build a truly green home, resource efficiency should be in your mind at all times. Materials may be made from recycled pieces or be easily recyclable at the end of their life cycle, which could be biodegradable.

We are still amazed how far ancient builders would go to get materials for their tombs and sacred monuments but we should leave exotism to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and buy ours locally. Reducing transportation -and therefore CO2 emissions- is almost as important as verifying that resources are harvested responsibly.

Get to know what materials you are using for your home and where they come from. Check out for eco-friendly labels in wood and concrete.

Green intelligent design can help us achieve eco-friendly behavior with us noticing at all and few hold doubts that this is a trend to be soon the standard in building but it will always require a little commitment from us. Make it for the water bill or for that lake you love going to on weekends, build your green home from scratch or just start closing the tap while you are brushing your teeth, but do it. Your contribution is very important. How do you do your part to help the environment? 

 

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