I’m sure that you have seen the show, George Clarke’s Amazing spaces before? If so, you would have been introduced to some absolutely incredible houses at some point – which are 100% eco friendly. Eco housing is becoming more and more ‘in trend’ and the obsession does not look like it is going to calm down any time soon. But do you really know about eco homes, the materials that can be used and ultimately the benefits of it?
Basic green materials
You might think that having a greener home means that you have to compromise your lovely warm house in winter, your sleek and modern walls and instead have cold carpet and a budget in red. But with today’s huge green home choices, I can guarantee that you will NOT have to compromise quality. Oh, and every option sparks good news for your health.
Foam board Thermawrap
Instead of using Foam board or Thermawrap for insulation, you can use Cellulose, Mineral wool (this is not sheep’s wool btw), Cotton, Eco fiberglass, Agricultural products, Cement, Greensulate
Bricks Concrete Metal
Rather than using the likes of Brick, Metal etc for structural purposes, Straw bales, Stone, Steel framing, recycled brick, fire honeycomb clay blocks and blocks made from recycled material may be used.
Concrete Wood laminate Tile
Instead of Concrete, tiles or wood laminate for flooring, you could consider using Bamboo, Corkwood, Hardwood or Stone and Natural fiber carpet.
Benefits of eco homes
There are many benefits that come along with building ‘green’. Some of these are:
Reduces decrease of local resources
Local resources such as water and energy can come under heavy amounts of pressure, when faced with population growth. Through the use of eco processes that increase water and energy efficiency, green buildings reduce this strain.
Many health benefits
Eco friendly house owners are favoured with many health benefits due to having/living in a green home. Nearly all eco building companies avoid using plastic based products that have been found to release toxic materials, as they have been proven to result cancer and breathing difficulties.
These conditions include:
- Natural lighting
- Organic and chemical-free building materials
- Highly-improved air quality
- Natural temperature regulation
- Healthy indoor environment
Many of the new and improved eco friendly materials last a lot longer than the commonly used ‘conventional’ materials. These can also be much lighter, thinner and generally stronger to build with. 3 old (unuseable) cars can create enough steel beams to frame an entire house!
As the primary objective of eco-friendly homebuilding, it comes as no surprise that these green buildings have a tremendous positive effect on the surrounding environment and its ecosystems. Negative impacts like carbon footprints in the construction and operation are greatly reduced, compared to traditionally-built houses.
- Net Temperature Moderation
- Significant Waste Reduction
- Water Conservation
- Lower Carbon Footprint
- Reduced Chemical Emmisions
It is no surprise that building ‘green’ can come with many cost benefits.
These can include:
- Lower Building Material Cost
- Water and Energy Efficiency
- Less Maintenance
- Higher Property Value
- Tax Incentives and Benefit
Overall, I highly recommend that you look into building eco. There are so many options and materials to choose from, the opportunities are endless! If this is not an option for you, making your home ‘greener’ is the right thing to do. After all we all want to support a sustainable environment one way or another.
*featured image from Eco Hustler