How To Choose Lasting Materials For A Sustainable Home

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Jul 15, 2020 3:00:00 PM
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How to choose lasting materials for a sustainable home

If you're looking to build a sustainable and environmentally friendly home, it's essential that you consider the materials you use, as well as how you're going to use them. A long-term plan is required to keep your home comfortable and beautiful while using only ecologically friendly materials.

Fortunately, there are many options available to you, and many ways you can achieve your goals.



Reaching Your Sustainability Goals

You have a broad selection of environmentally friendly materials to choose from when it comes to building, accessorising, and furnishing your home. Wood, stone, and many other natural materials have long made perfect building supplies. The option is entirely yours as to whether you want to embrace the natural aesthetic, or you want to simply use environmentally friendly materials but still decorate your house in a different way.

Another option to consider is building up, rather than out, when it comes to construction. Choosing height over general floor space will mean your construction has much less of a footprint. Ultimately, that's going to help protect local wildlife habitats, as well as grass, trees, and foliage. Once you demolish them for construction purposes, the ecosystem is forever altered and may be gone forever even after the building comes down.

It's also worth considering the environmentally friendly ways you can heat your home and provide electricity and water. Solar panels, sustainable consumables, and ground source heat pumps are all viable options. Remember it's much easier to incorporate these things at the planning stage than it is to try and modify an existing build.

The Benefits Of Being Environmentally Friendly

There are many reasons a sustainable home is worth considering. Firstly, of course, is the environmental and personal health benefits you will encourage. Being as environmentally-friendly as possible will help sustain local ecosystems, and more trees and greenery will ultimately mean much cleaner air for you and your family to breathe.

Then there are the cost savings - sustainable materials and energy are continuing to come down in price as technology improves and they begin to be adapted on a wider scale. Those savings will continue long into your occupancy as you will enjoy lower energy bills thanks to the natural insulating properties of the materials used.

It makes perfect sense whichever way you look at it to incorporate sustainable materials into your project wherever you can.

For further help in doing so, contact BDS today.




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