Home remodelling projects are usually something to look forward to as you get the chance to make quality upgrades and aesthetic improvements, but when most people think of incorporating eco-friendly elements, that smiles turns upside down.
Contrary to common belief, going green in your home remodelling endeavor is not that costly and far-fetched as it used to be. Sustainable home design has come a long way in the last two decades and brings generous savings long-term.
However, going with the eco-friendly design is not the simplest of tasks and demands more effort from you in terms of research, preparation, and realization. In order to help you get started, here are several useful tips to follow.
Become energy efficient
Transforming your home into an eco-friendly hub is closely linked to becoming energy efficient as much as possible. The basic goal is reducing your energy consumption which can be achieved in different ways. One way is by using energy-efficient, recyclable and sustainable materials like fiberglass that have a high performance, takes less energy to manufacture and transport to the site than traditional materials thanks to its lightweight construction.
Another important aspect of energy-efficiency in the prevention of excess heat loss and gain by controlling leakage with tight seals and high-performance mechanical systems that help optimize airflow and comfort levels.
Furthermore, you can aid your efforts to control the amount of heat your home is exposed to by installing commercial shade sails as they can provide extra ventilation and cooling. If placed properly and strategically, they can keep the sun from entering your home directly. Being made from semi-permeable fabric, they allow cool air circulation and can lower the temperature in covered areas by 10%.
Finally, due to constant technological advances in the production of Energy Star labeled appliances, it’s smart to invest a bit more initially and replace your older appliances so you could to cut down on energy use and save money.
Opt for salvaged and repurposed
Instead of doing a full demolition in your home and using repurposed and salvaged materials in a further renovation can make a very positive impact both on your budget and environment. In addition, you’ll cut down the amount of debris and waste that ends up in landfills and you’ll have the opportunity to create a unique home design repurposing various elements and materials such as tiles, fixtures, bricks, shiplap and cabinets.
This trend has already caught on so there’s already a significant increase in the production of sustainable and recycled building materials which gives you many great options you can incorporate in your design. For instance, eco-friendly floors such as bamboo and cork, glass or stone originally from local production facilities and salvaged lumber will allow you to reduce transport expenses and pollution that usually accompanies them.
Ensure the high air quality
Finally, an eco-friendly home can’t really be called so if the indoor air quality is not at the highest level. In order to ensure this, it’s recommendable you use low VOC paints and finishes to minimize airborne toxins.
Also, go for natural carpets produced from natural and recycled materials such as wool and make sure you use low VOC adhesives as well to ensure a healthy environment and an appealing design.
By relying on these basics of eco-friendly remodelling, you’ll be able to create a truly green home that will provide a healthy living environment for you and your family and contribute to the preservation of our planet’s resources.
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