Going Green: Trends in Environmentally Friendly Home Building

A long time ago, homes were made using materials that were environmentally friendly. From the Celts who used mud, straw and wattle to make their homes to the nomadic Mongolians who used felt and wooden yurts wagons to move from place to place. These catered for the shelter needs of the people who lived without harming the earth and making it unsafe for future generations.

With the advent of technology came many changes including in the construction of houses. Most of these were not environmentally friendly and are some of the reasons why global warming is on the rise. It is with concern in this regard that new homeowners are now demanding green homes. They are attempting to assist Mother Nature and make the earth a better place in which to live. Home builders are now tasked with making environmentally friendly homes. Here are just some of the measures they have put into place.

Saving Energy

To ensure that homes are using as little energy as possible, several measures have been put into place. The terms zero-carbon and zero-net energy homes have been adopted. Zero-net-energy homes are those that only use the energy they can produce whereas zero-carbon homes do not rely on fossil fuels for energy which produce greenhouse gases.

The methods that have been applied to achieve the aforementioned characteristics in homes include thick and insulated concrete walls that prevent heat loss or gain and V-shaped roofs among other measures.

Clean energy sources like solar power are now increasing in efficiency and popularity. Homeowners can now rely solely on solar energy to power their homes. Some even have additional power that they can then sell back to the power company for a profit. Installation of energy-efficient home appliances like washing machine, ovens, and refrigerators has a direct effect on the national grid. More energy is saved for future use. Green home builders are now encouraging homeowners to invest in only green appliances. A more environmentally friendly choice that homeowners can make is to use refrigerators that have hydrocarbon refrigerants.

Water Economy

Home builders and owners are encouraged to use as little water as possible. To add to this economy, home builders are now encouraging the inclusion of on-site water treatment stations at home. Water from the rain or snow may be tapped into tanks and treated for drinking whereas the gray water from the bathroom, sinks and laundry rooms may be treated and reused to flush toilets, for gardening and much more. This idea has been borrowed from the new technology that is treating waste water and converting it into drinking water. We see this happening all over the world, specifically in Singapore.

Green construction materials

Instead of building homes with traditional bricks, home builders have been advocating for the use of greener materials. Walls have been made from mycoform building blocks. These are recycled aluminum sheets with mycelium spores growing in them. The use of blocks made from plastic bottles has also been tried.  

The flooring options provided are also environmentally friendly home building materials. From bamboo floors to polyvinyl chlorides-free carpets to the latest earthened floors. In the latter, natural dirt is used as the preferred flooring. This is coated with beeswax and linseed oil making it look like coated concrete. This flooring, however does not work well in wet parts of the home like kitchens or bathrooms.

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