Building a green home is a big responsibility, as you do not make it to benefit only yourself but the entire environment. It is certainly a healthy and a cost-effective choice you make for yourself and your family but even more than this, this decision of yours affects the environs. Therefore, you need to do a careful planning in order to make your dream green house. There are ample of factors that affect green home construction, location being one of those factors.
Consider solar access
Use of solar energy is one big factor that determines whether your home is an eco-friendly construction or not. Installing solar panels that will provide hot water supply in your kitchen and bathrooms, solar cooker that helps bringing down the gas consumption considerably, and solar light to light up your porch or patio. These are some of the very basic needs solar energy is being harnessed for in homes.
So far so good, but do you think all these plans of your will work if there will be no or a minimal solar access prevails in the area you build your dream green house. Of course not, you have to have a good deal of solar access available in order to realize all these above-mentioned dreams. Therefore, ensure wherever you plan to construct your green home, it should be a location where there is at least 7 to 8 hours of solar access.
The air currents
If you include a windmill as a part of your dream green home, it will only do you some good if the place experiences air currents quite a few times in a day. Moreover, an ideal place for windmill installation is the outskirts and not any city. Keep this point in your mind, or else drop the idea of including a windmill to your green home.
Rainwater harvesting tank is yet another integral feature of an eco-friendly structure. A tank that requires rainwater for functioning, or else it has no purpose to serve. This point makes one more condition governing the location aspect of green home construction, i.e. avoid constructing it in draught prone areas.
Consider the climatic conditions
If you actually want to come up with a green construction that is truly energy efficient then you must try to build it in a place where climatic conditions are normal throughout the year. By this we mean, living in extreme climatic conditions call for the usage of amenities that increase the carbon footprint of a home.
Although this is a true test of a green home’s capability but still you should avoid extreme climatic conditions if possible. If not, then be ready for putting in greater efforts to come up with a structure that can withstand adverse weather conditions without affecting the environs.
A location that is not too beautiful
We come across beautiful locations and we think how amazing would it be to have our own home at a beautiful site like this. Let this thought cross your mind as many times as you want but do not let this thought turn into reality, especially if you are up for constructing a green house.
The reason behind this is that the more beautiful the location the bigger amount of destruction its calls for. Suppose you like a location that has tall trees, and bushes around, if you decide to transform that location into your home then imagine all those trees and gorgeous plants being cut down resulting in ecological disruption.
Therefore, try to select a place that is not too beautiful, or to put it in other words, a place that does not call for massive ecological disruption.
Location of a green home has a lot to do with its image. A location that you select for your dream green home has to be the one that has everything, which makes a home an environmentally friendly structure.