There are many sustainability and efficiency specifications that can be designed for a building to ensure it has the least possible negative impact on our environment. From using renewable energy resources and recycled building materials to considering durability, efficient home insulation and shopping locally, building sustainable homes not only saves you money in the long run but also reduces your impact on the environment.
Here at Malone Architecture we are passionate about designing and building sustainable, high performance buildings. If you are thinking about building or extending your home and want to find out more about how to do this in an eco-friendly way, take a look at our checklist for ideas on building a sustainable ‘green’ home for now and the future.
12 Ideas For Building a Sustainable Home
- Rethink the Orientation of your House for Natural Light and Heat
Orientation is important for sustainable homes. Incorporate as many south facing windows as possible to maximise direct sunlight in the winter months which will help heat your home as well as bring in natural light.
- Reutilise Recycled Materials for Sustainable House Construction
Choosing building materials that are recycled, reclaimed or reused is very important when designing a sustainable house,
but should also be balanced with availability.
- Build to Last!
Durability is essential for sustainable homes. A house that constantly needs repairs is not sustainable – it needs to survive time and hardship. Sustainable house design cannot be achieved without thinking of construction quality and techniques for a long lasting home. Using durable materials and construction techniques is essential.Durability is essential for sustainable homes.
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