The home-building industry has adopted many new changes in an effort to make homes more efficient in their design, purpose and structure. In order to realize the same, the implementation of more and more eco-friendly designs and equipments during construction is obligatory. In fact, a nationwide survey in homebuilding has estimated that more than 50 percent of houses built in and after 2010 are green.
Leading the eco-friendly way
Living in an eco-friendly house means that the house is built and designed in such a way that it allows the residents to practice various ways of energy efficiency and power efficiency. Moreover, it does not make any negative impact on the surrounding environment. These houses utilize the spaces in a very efficient manner and the placement and size of windows are specially designed to allow natural light and air to fill the inside of the house as much as possible for saving a good deal of power energy every day. The design and construction of these houses are based on purely green principles in order to make you live and enjoy a healthier environment along with lower energy and water bills. So, besides saving power, you can also save money in the long run by simply living in an eco-friendly house.
The eco-friendly materials
For making less impact on the environment, these green home constructions are carried out by using a lot of recycled and environment friendly materials. The foundation, for example, is done with blocks of Styrofoam and instead of using toxic fiberglass, recycled paper and denim scraps are used for insulation purpose. Besides this, the interior of the house flaunt earth-friendly options, such as countertops used in the kitchen made from recycled yogurt containers, bamboo or coffee cups. Moreover, it also gives you the option of applying environment-friendly low-VOC paint to the walls as per your taste.
Implementing water saving mechanism
Water is precious and eco-friendly houses have made it a point to save every drop of this precious liquid by implementing many modern water efficient mechanisms. These houses use many water saving methods like collecting gray water for reusing in other non-drinking areas, installing proper equipments for rainwater harvesting, using efficient bathroom fixtures like dual-flush toilets and low-flow shower heads for reducing water consumption. However, besides the function of the water saving equipments, it also depends greatly upon the residents to use it without wasting it.