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ECO SUSTAINABLE HOMES

In the last five years green building has become the fastest-growing and most exciting segment of the construction industry. Green building resources have finally made it into the mainstream, and it has become relatively easy to incorporate these techniques into both construction and remodelling projects.

 

Architects and engineers are now realizing that green buildings not only help the environment, but they make people feel healthier and make them more productive. Sustainable design also increases the value of a building as a long-term asset. Believe it! Green buildings reduce impact on natural resources, improve the bottom line, increase the health and comfort of occupants, and increase community quality of life.

At Carmel Homes, we specialise in working with architects and designers in completing energy efficient and environmentally sustainable homes that are a dream to live in. 

 

So how can you make your home more sustainable and reap the benefits of green design?

Where to build and protect your land

Location can be an important factor - select a building site close to your work or transit.  Protect the natural environment, drainage patterns, and plants that already exist on your property. Build around trees and incorporate them into your design. While you’re at it, landscape with local plants that don't require pesticides or excessive water.  Use mulches and recycled paving materials for finished site surfaces. They reduce storm water runoff and allow water to naturally infiltrate the ground.

Sustainable Materials

Try to think outside the box and incorporate reused and recycled products like salvaged wood, brick, stone, and period hardware (such as doors and railings) into your design. At Carmel, we can help you search out new earth-friendly products.  Consider building your walls out of reinforced concrete or stone. These materials provide much better insulation than wood and last for generations. Use third-party certified wood so you know it has been harvested sustainably. 

Build it to Last

So many buildings today are just thrown up with no consideration other than "lowest cost construction." This, more than any other factor, creates environmental impact, inefficiency, and waste. Wouldn't it be nice to know that your house will be around for a few hundred years and could be passed down to your grandchildren and their grandchildren? Living in a quality-built home constructed of permanent, natural materials is something to be proud of.

Energy Efficiency

Use what comes free - use as much passive solar as you can to heat and light your home. Simply by properly orientating your home to the sun, based on where you live, you can save 20% on your energy bill. Choose renewable power by installing a solar hot water system. Take it to the next level by installing solar panels for electricity. The ultimate green power goal is to produce a net excess of renewable power each month, or "negawats," that you will soon be able to sell back to your utility.

 

Dense products like concrete, stone, and brick can act as a thermal mass regulating the temperature of your home. Properly placed thermal walls will heat up and cool down slowly, making it feel "just right" in your home even if it is "too hot" or "too cold" outside. Insulate your walls and ceiling with the highest R-value insulation available.

 

Technology and quality products can make a world of differemce. Install high-efficiency lighting and tie room lighting to motion sensors, dimmer switches, and automatic timers.   Install double glazed windows and high quality doors.

Water Efficiency

Install low-flow taps and shower heads and connect the toilets to reclaimed rainwater.  Install a grey water recycling system that captures water from showers, sinks, and bath tubs and uses it for outdoor irrigation.

Use drip irrigation on timers for watering any outdoor plants.

 

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