Green Home Design Tips
Many years ago, if someone told you they were buying a large piece of land and having a micro-home built on it, people would probably have thought you were losing your mind. Today, you tell someone your plans and they turn green with envy before your very eyes. The newest trend is to have a living space that has the least possible impact on the environment. As exciting as it is to escape the chaos that is often associated with a large space, it can also feel a little overwhelming when it comes time to do a little decorating.
Choose the Right Location
If you are having a home built, make sure that you choose the perfect location. If you plan on doing a lot of gardening maybe you want land with rich soil. Does the site offer enough wind or sun for a renewable energy source?
If you plan on living off-grid, you may want to really think about how far you want to be from the city in case there is an emergency. Does the road get plowed in the winter or will you have to handle getting it done, if you need to go somewhere?
Thoughtfully Choose Your Building Materials
When you choose materials for your ceilings, floors, walls, insulation, windows, furniture, and even décor, you want to determine the answers to two questions:
- Is the material from a local source? This may not seem like a big deal, but packaging and shipping contributes to carbon dioxide.
- Is it sustainable? Bamboo, clay, cord wood, etc., are sustainable. If you plan on getting a maintenance free fireplace, you will be thrilled to know that bio ethanol fuel is sustainable, as well.
Make it Energy Efficient
When one thinks of energy efficiency, appliances are often the first things that come to mind. Well, although energy efficient appliances are a good place to start there are other considerations. Maximize insulation to control temperature in the home easier and make sure you use energy efficient windows, too. Thermal curtain can also make a huge difference. While on the topic of preservation, water-saving faucets and showerheads should be used, as well.
Heating and Cooling Systems
In addition to solar energy, you will also want to consider eco-friendly heat sources, such as heat pumps, straw burners, wood pellet burners, corn stoves, and maintenance-free fireplaces. For cooling, opt for convection cooling techniques, roof ponds, and condensation and fog fans.
- Brady Draper