Not many individuals are aware of the term green construction technology which relates to the use of energy efficient materials to construct homes as well as the use of energy efficient appliances in these homes to make them more environment friendly. Here is some information that would help shed some light on the topic. Given below are five excellent ideas for green construction that can be adopted by homes around the world.
Solar panels do not need to be restricted to factories and fields alone. Neither do they need to be gigantic in size and require heavy equipment to work. While active solar panels would need the things mentioned above, passive solar panels can be used in homes to heat up the rooms during winters and can also be used to generate electricity for the appliances in the home.
Shingle roofs are prone to decreased solar reflectance, and can easily reach temperatures of up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit or more during the summer seasons. Cool roofs on the other hand would be able to reflect most of the solar heat away, thereby reducing the temperature by nearly 50 degrees. Cool roofs would also be trap the warmth or coolness inside homes, thereby reducing the energy loads experienced by heaters and air conditioners during winters and summers respectively.
Insulation tends to be wall fillers that would for the most part, remain out of sight. As such, some companies are coming forward to use recycled materials for this insulation. Case in point: a company that specializes in using recycled materials for the purpose of insulating homes. The blue colored cotton insulator used by the company is extremely soft and is made up of old jean scraps. Since the insulation remains out of sight, the company believes that using recycled materials for the same would be more cost and energy efficient.
Storm Water Management
Water from heavy rains can cause erosion on a large scale in rural areas. This can be curbed to an extent with the help of storm water management which involves utilizing appropriate infrastructure and technology in urban areas to absorb this water and purify it. This way, the water collected from the rains can be reused for other purposes, and rural areas can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing they would not be washed away by these waters.
Zero Energy Home
A zero energy home would be build in such a way that it could operate on its own without any help from an electric or power grid. The house would use renewable energy derived from onsite resources to power its appliances. As such, the house would enjoy ‘zero’ energy consumptions and ‘zero’ carbon emissions as well. The energy for the house can be supplied by renewable sources like wind or solar power.