Environmental issues are becoming more evident from day to day. Fortunately, people are trying to fight them with equal persistency and what better place is to start that fight than the very place they live in. Making a new home or drastically shaking things up by reinventing the old one is a great opportunity to get yourself in tune with nature laws and make the place where you live as appealing and green as possible. There are several ways to do that, from aiming for the looks that will blend more seamlessly in naturalistic environment to making it more sustainable and we will try to cover them all.
Choosing the Right Construction Material
Traditional brick & mortar method of tackling the construction is neither cheap, nor good looking. Stone and wood, are on the other side completely organic materials that served as a basis of every construction work for centuries, so we can easily say that they have some pretty good reputation. Houses made of them are beautiful, eco-friendly and very cost-effective. Alternatively, you can always opt for straw bales, which are cheap, reliable and light material that will provide you with completely solid construction when combined with mortar.
Indoors Matters As Well
If you are worried that you will have to make some huge compromises with internal design in order to remain green, your fears are irrational. For, example, bamboo is rapidly renewable resource, so it can serve as very visually pleasing material for your floor. Not only that Japanese style living room will look absolutely gorgeous but it can also be affordable as well. Woven bamboo is more durable option and it also looks like grained wood. Recycled glass is good alternative to granite or another stone that’s not renewable for your countertops. It is still somewhat hard to find, but, as the time goes by, it will certainly catch on and become widely available.
Without any intention to bother you with complicated chemistry, we have to point out that majority of paints contain chemicals that are harmful both to you and to Mother Nature, namely VOCs (Violate Organic Compounds), fungicides and biocides. Therefore, you should search for paints with low amounts of these. Still, even the label “low VOC” means that they don’t contain more than 250gm/l of VOCs and you can find options that go as low as 0-100gm/l. If you need help in choosing the right option you can always seek trustful commercial painters.
Make the Most out of Energy you Have on Disposal
This means that energy-efficient light bulbs and double-glazed windows that reduce condensation and CO2 emission and cut your bills by 12% are well prescribed. With a little bit of clever landscaping you can make sure that your house is covered with shade, which will help you to survive hot periods without need to use air conditioning. Same goes for the natural light. Making long house positioned to utilize sun’s light during afternoons with plenty of windows, verandas and adjustable louvers will lower the need for artificial light.
All these things maybe don’t seem so radical or helpful on the paper, but remember, every journey starts with a single step and every contribution no matter how small, counts. If you motivate just one person to follow your footsteps your part in preserving nature will be tremendous. Now, make that house shine.