Eco Friendly Building Methods
Improvements in modern home-building methods are helping to reduce the impact humans have on the environment. Eco-friendly building techniques include using materials that take less demand and usage of resources to produce. Waste management now has a greater emphasis than ever before in the construction process of the building of a property more than ever.
Here are a few of the ways, step by step, to which properties are now being built in a more eco-friendly than ever before:
- Green Building Materials. Recycled lumber can be used for studs. Insulation made of recycled jean material may be used for walls. Many of the plastic wood products are made from recycled material. Materials that last a lifetime reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills — and save resources that would otherwise be used to replace them. These products include cement board siding, stone and brick, and stand and seam metal roofing.
- Energy-efficient influenced building design. One of the most important features of eco-friendly houses is that they are designed for energy efficiency. Of course, it is essential to use high-efficiency appliances, heating and cooling equipment and water heaters.
- Making use of alternative Energy sources. Alternative energy sources are becoming more common in private homes. Some systems generate electricity directly, like photovoltaic (PV or solar electric) and wind power systems. Other systems, such as geothermal and solar hot water, use the sun to heat or pre-heat water for domestic use or for space heating and cooling. Usually, the PV and solar hot water systems can be mounted on a roof, while wind systems have land requirements.
- Water Management. Managing water is an often overlooked component in an eco-friendly house project. It is important to reduce rainwater runoff, which can carry too many nutrients to nearby watersheds. Minimize impervious surfaces and use rain barrels to catch water running off the roof. Water can then be directed to gardens and lawns.
These are all methods well worth considering which will both work more cost effectively for the inhabitant of the property, but they will also be more eco-conscious for the environment. It is important to remember how the materials have been manufactured and sourced and the ways in which you can do a lot of good for the environment in using recycled materials. All in all, these are much fairer methodologies to undertake ahead of any given building project.