While most people look forward to home remodelling and design upgrades, they often frown upon the idea of making their project eco-friendly, convinced that it’s too costly and basically unachievable. However, remodelling your home with the idea of sustainability in mind is much easier than everyone thinks, and it can bring generous savings in the long run by reducing the energy consumption.
Although possible, eco-friendly home remodelling is no simple task and it requires a lot of research, preparation and careful investment to get a home that is healthy, sustainable and durable. Here are a few basic principles you can follow in order to create a green home.
Be energy efficient
Turning your home into a green hub is in many ways connected to being as energy efficient as possible. In general, it’s about reducing your home’s energy consumption by using energy-efficient building materials such as fiberglass. This is a sustainable and recyclable material made mainly from sand, and it’s used for doors, windows and insulation. It has high energy-efficiency performance, requires less energy to make and to transport to the site due to its lightweight construction.
Another major goal is controlling air leakage and heat loss/gain by relying on tight seals and mechanical systems of high performance that optimize the airflow and comfort.
Although the principle of repurposing and recycling is almost sacred in eco-friendly building, you might still consider the trade-offs between energy efficiency and reusing. With the constant advances in the development of Energy Star labelled appliances, it’s a clever decision to replace the older models in order to cut down on energy use and save money.
Reuse, salvage and repurpose
Salvaging and reusing materials from your home rather than going full-force demolition can do a lot of good to your home, your budget and the environment. By avoiding destruction, you will decrease the amount of debris that will inevitably end up in a landfill and you’ll have more chances of repurposing certain pieces such as tiles, cabinets, fixtures and even bricks.
However, make sure you learn what can be salvaged in the first place. For example, by relying on the professional estimate of a maintenance plumbing service, you can get valuable information about whether salvaging your plumbing system is a financially manageable solution for you at all.
In addition, there has been an increase in the production of recycled and sustainable building products, and there’s a big chance they are available in your local community. By getting eco-friendly flooring options such as cork tiles or bamboo floors, and countertops made of recycled paper, stone or glass that originate from your local production facilities, you’ll significantly cut down on transportation costs and the pollution it creates.
Ensure high air quality
One final factor in making your home remodel eco-friendly and healthy is ensuring high indoor air quality. To achieve this, pick paints and finishes with low VOC to minimize airborne toxins. Furthermore, choose natural carpeting made of recycled components or natural materials such as wool. Combining these with low-VOC adhesives will ensure a healthy environment but will not sacrifice the design.
By relying on these pillars of eco-friendly building, you’ll be able to turn your home into a true green hub that will ensure a healthy living environment for your family, and you will give your contribution to the preservation of our Earth’s resources as well.