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Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Col. I live in Perth and I have a passion for construction. I am pretty useless when it comes to construction work so I tend to leave it to the experts. However, I find that there is nothing more pleasing than seeing a team of construction workers complete a job. Over the years, I have hired many different types of construction worker and they have all taken the time to chat with me. During these conversations, I have learnt so pretty interesting things which I will be exploring on this blog. Enjoy!

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How Can You Build a New Home That Is As Eco-Friendly As Possible?

Ethan Burton

You can't go far without hearing about the environment these days. Major storms or prolonged droughts may mean the situation is getting worse and global warming is taking its toll. So, if you're worried about the situation but are getting ready to build a new home, you may be thinking about your options. Can you build a property that is as ecologically friendly as possible, and if so, how do you go about it?

Trendy to Be Eco-Friendly 

The good news is that more builders than ever are focusing on this area, and you can now introduce a number of elements to your project that can help mitigate your home's effect on the environment.

Incorporate Your Plans

Still, you need to ensure that the property meets your needs now and in the future. This means that you should draw up a list of essentials, so you don't lose sight of your master plan. Once you've done that, you can incorporate eco-friendly measures into the design and build, starting with the actual fabric of the building.

Focus on the Fabric

Make sure that the property is airtight and as well insulated as possible so that you can reduce the amount of energy you use to condition your home. Use materials with a low carbon footprint, and when installing utilities, try to ensure that they do not rely on fossil fuels. Clearly, this may involve a heavy reliance on solar energy using the latest and most efficient equipment available.

Employing Cradle to Cradle Philosophy

You need to pay close attention to the "cradle to cradle" concept that refers to the ultimate life cycle of any material. So, you should only use materials that have been recycled in the build and ensure they can be recycled at some stage in the future. If possible, select biodegradable materials.

Take Advantage of Natural Lighting

Make sure the property is as light and airy as possible to give greater daylight levels and cut down on artificial utilities. Install triple-glazed windows and try to orient the main rooms of the home to the north to take advantage of natural sunlight.

Other Solid Ideas

Through the, think about fitting a heat pump. You could also consider a mechanical ventilation device with heat recovery and add a rainwater tank for natural harvesting.

Where to Get More Information

These are some of the many measures you can introduce when building a truly eco-friendly home. Talk with your builder to get further ideas and start drawing up a plan.

Contact a home builder to learn more.