The Fundamental Principles of Building a Sustainable Home
More Australian families are using sustainable house building practices. This is largely due to the growing awareness of human impact on the natural environment, and partly due to the economic benefits of creating a sustainable home. There are several fundamental principles that need to be considered if you’re planning on building a home that can be classed as sustainable.
Use recycled materials
Recycling is the ultimate sustainable building practice. Re-using materials means that you dramatically reduce the resources and energy requirements for your home while it’s in the construction phase, and reduce the amount of waste that ends up discarded in landfill sites.
Architects and builders who have experience with using recycled materials can not only create functional homes but also stunning decor features and architectural designs. For example, old railway sleepers and jetties can be transformed into unique and stylish timber floors.
Use local and sustainable materials
Even in sustainable buildings there is usually still a need for brand new materials. If buying new materials is unavoidable then you can make sure that the ones you choose offer the least amount of environmental impact as possible.
Locally sourced materials mean that the energy needs and carbon footprint from transporting the materials is kept to a minimum. You can also ensure that where possible materials are sourced from companies that offer sustainable products. Timber from sustainable plantations instead or old growth forest timber is a perfect example.
Create a home that has minimal energy requirements
Creating a home that meets its energy needs without having to release carbon from the burning of fossil fuels into the environment is perhaps the holy grail of sustainable building. One of the keys to achieving this is having adequate insulation. Insulation will keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer and minimise the need for heating and air conditioning.
Installing eco-friendly energy providers such as solar panels and wind turbines means that your energy requirements result in zero carbon being released into the atmosphere. There is an incredible variety of different options for green energy now available for home-owners. This means you will be able to find a model that will fulfil all of your home’s energy needs without having to rely on fossil-fuelled energy from electricity providers.
Designing and building a sustainable home can be challenging, but the rewards are certainly worth the effort involved. Fortunately, there are a growing number of architects and eco home builders like Eco Projects & Developments Pty Ltd who will be able to help you navigate the intricacies of your building product and guarantee you a beautiful and sustainable product.