We’re assuming you’ve already read up on what a green or eco-friendly home means, and in case you still haven’t, you can read all about it right here.
With so much talk of global warming and the effects already showing up, architects and civil engineers are trying to create as many green buildings as they can. If you’re planning to move into a new home or planning any renovations in the house, here are ten points you can mark on your checklist to turn your home into a greener, healthier and budget-friendly place.
- Check The Site: Check the site to understand if it will be the best space to have an eco-friendly structure. The ideal site will have easy access to clean and fresh air and light, as well as sunlight, and probably some space where you can create your own garden (optional, but great if you can). Also, a green home is a long-term space, one that you can use for years and generations to come, so choose a site where you would love to spend a lot of time.
- Positioning And Location: Your building will gain the most benefit if it is aligned on the east-west axis. If you live in a hot climate, go for larger windows on the north for maximum cool air and light, and smaller windows on the south to keep it properly shaded. If you live in a cooler area, keep bigger windows in the south to get more warmth, and smaller windows on the north to prevent loss of heat.
- Layout: A sparse and open layout will help keep your home eco-friendly, reduce the use of materials as well as reduce your expenses. You can use the extra space to create a floor seating, add more plants, or help connect your garden better to your indoor area.
- Eco-Friendly Materials: Some materials that are eco-friendly are bricks, glass, aluminum, steel, cement and ceramics. You can also replace wood with light steel, which is easy to install, lasts longer, and is also sturdier. For other options in ecological materials, you could opt for non-toxic paints, recycled materials (such as recycled aluminum, glass and tiles), LED lights and more. Bricks made of lime, sand or cement will absorb the sun’s heat and will absorb less water. Fly-ash bricks and blocks produced from the waste discharge of industries are a great green choice. You can use ceramic on the walls to lower the maintenance cost as well as make it look stylish. For windows, use aluminum or wood frames as these are reusable, cost-effective, are energy-efficient and will keep your home free of cancer-causing substances. For the floor, you could opt for marble, ceramic, granite, wood or even bamboo.
- Green Your Roof: A green roof will keep your home cool as well as lower your overall energy consumption, as it adds a layer of insulation to the structure. Having a green roof means you can grow grass on the roof. If you don’t want to do that, you can still make it eco-friendly by collecting the rain water and using it for other purposes, such as to watering the garden or use it in your toilets.
- Install A Solar Panel: A solar panel will help you to create energy and reduce expense as well as pollution. For most places in India, you can place a solar panel on your roof to face the south with a tilt angle of 10 to 30 degrees, as latitude increases from south to north. The best material to use for your roof is one which will reflect the sun’s heat, such as a standing seam metal roof in a light color, preferably white.
You can start ‘greening’ your home by incorporating all or some of these options. If you’ve already tried any of these or other green home ideas, do share your pictures and tell our readers a little more about some tips that could help them too.
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