A sustainable building can be beneficial to your lifestyle as well as the environment. This is something you can look at when first building a house. You can also look into how you can make a house more sustainable when you’re renovating an existing house. You will be able to reduce the energy bills for your house and make sure that you do your bit for the environment as well.
Increasing Energy Efficiency and Lowering Energy Bills
You will be able to achieve water and energy efficiency in a more sustainable built house. Your heater or air conditioner will have less work to do when the internal environment of the house is kept more or less constant by sealing it from the outside. This can be done with proper insulation. By having thick insulation in your walls and ensuring that your windows and doors are not letting all the internal air escape, you can reduce the strain on air conditioners and heaters. You can have doors that have thicker insulation and double glazed glass.
Water efficiency can be achieved when you are diligent about how much water you are using. You can install low flow systems in toilets and look at how you can collect rainwater for gardening and landscape use. You can ask Capital Building during the initial design stage how they can create a more sustainable house through construction technologies and building material. You can also look at how you can use natural ventilation and light so that you use less electricity for lighting in the daytime. You can work with your home builder in orientating the rooms to take in more sunlight while cutting off the heat that will come through the opening.
Reducing Maintenance Costs
Green building materials are more durable and you will have less maintenance to carry out in the long term. Some of the sustainable building materials are rammed earth, hempcrete, bamboo, timber, ashcrete, recycled plastic and reused metal. These can be incredibly long lasting and need fewer repairs over time. You can also maintain a lower carbon footprint with your sustainable construction.
Creating a Healthy Indoor Environment
By staying away from materials that have harmful substances and sticking to natural and sustainable materials, you will be able to create a safer home. Eco materials will not have harmful chemicals and their manufacturing processes are regulated. Some of the toxic building materials you should stay away from are lead that is used in roofing, asbestos, polyvinyl chloride used for finishes such as floor, wall and ceiling. Exposure to these materials can have adverse health effects such as hormone disruption, asthma, allergies, complications to reproductive health and even cancer.
Increasing the Value of Your Property
People are increasingly looking at the environmental aspects of the homes they are living in. They will also be able to have low maintenance costs due to energy efficiency. You will be able to provide a more attractive property listing than those in your area by the efforts taken to ensure the sustainability of the home.