The Green House That Jack Built

by - 7/25/2017 07:54:00 PM

As property prices continue to rise and become unrealistic for regular working families, more and more people are now starting to consider building their own home. But building a home isn’t enough for them - they want to ensure that their building project is as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible so that the new house has a very little carbon footprint.

Do you think that an eco-friendly building project sounds like something you’d be interested in? Here are some tips that will help you stay green while you build your new house.


Use Eco Builders

You will almost certainly need to find a construction company who can help you build your home. When you are considering which firm to go with, try and find a net zero builder who operates in your local area. These are builders who use highly utilized systems to keep energy use down to an absolute minimum. Not only are these better for the environment, but they will help you to keep your energy bills down in the future!

Create An Earth-Sheltered Home

There is a current trend for building properties that are sheltered by features of the surrounding landscape. So, for example, if you build a home right next to a large hill or cliff, you will find that this greatly reduces the impact of wind when it is blowing in a certain direction. By doing this, you will find that the earth’s natural features insulate the property and bring energy bills down.

Use Sustainable Materials

There are some building materials that were commonly used a few decades ago. However, they have since been proven to be dangerous or very bad for the environment. For example, asbestos has been linked to many health conditions. Materials such as concrete have been shown to have a negative impact on the environment. So, when you do start to plan your building project, you should look for sustainable and greener materials, like recycled cast iron and reclaimed metal beams and sleepers.


Don’t Go Too Big

You should build a home that is just big enough for your needs. For instance, if you are a family of four, don’t go overboard and build a property with six or seven bedrooms. Keeping the house small will make it a lot easier to heat during the winter, which won’t use up so much energy. Plus, it will take a lot less building materials to make. Overall, smaller homes are a lot more eco-friendly, so it’s worth bearing that in mind!

Add Solar Panels

It’s worth spending a bit of extra money to install some solar panels on the property’s roof. These will harness the sun’s power to create energy for your home. Another reason why you should consider adding these panels is that there are lots of government grants available that can help cover the costs of the installation!

So, when you think you are ready to build a new home, you should think about making it a green one. The benefits are really worth it!

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