With all the concern about the environment nowadays, and with everybody into conservation, there has been a rise in the demand for "eco-houses."
An eco-home is defined as a house built in such a way that it reduces energy consumption and waste. An eco-house reduces the building's negative impact on human health and our precious environment through better design, construction, siting, operation, and maintenance. An eco-house is a combination of sustainable design, sustainable development, and sustainable living.
There are many essential elements that should be present in a sustainable house, and listed below are just a small number of those things.
1. Make use of reclaimed building materials
When building your dream eco-home, try to use materials that are salvaged from deconstructed buildings. When you reuse them you are reducing the emissions of greenhouse gasses and energy consumption. Contractors are able to give the following things a new lease on life: marble countertops, wood flooring, ironwork, wide plank lumber, fine grain wood, fixtures, cabinets, bricks, and windows.
2. Purchasing recyclable materials
People who build eco-houses understand that homeowners may later want to add or alter the home. Contractors pick materials that others can later use in manufacturing new products. This includes materials that make use of recycled content or postconsumer and recoverable products. These include things such as glass tiles, insulation, steel, drywall, carpet, plastic lumber countertops, and things of that nature.
3. Installing environmentally sound products
Environmental products are those that reduce waste, use water efficiently, are made from green building products, are recyclable, energy efficient, and help improve the quality of indoor air.
4. Buying local
Purchasing locally manufactured material will reduce the delivery time it will take to arrive at your house, thus reducing transportation related emissions. In addition to this, buying locally will help support the local economy. So, in effect, you are hitting 2 birds with one stone.
5. Installing renewable energy
There are plenty of ecofriendly contractors that design newer modern homes, which means that there are plenty of homes built that end up accomodating renewable energy systems. Techniques include solar panel installation, creating a solar home design, and getting solar water heating systems installed to warm floors and spaces.
Today's modern eco-homes can end up costing about the same as many more traditional homes to have built (if not less), but are actually more simple and less pricey to operate and maintain. So you have every reason to go green the next time you build a home. Be sure to talk to your local builder to learn more of their practices in this area.