There are many factors that come into play when it comes to sustainable home design, and this is something we are passionate about.
Creating a sustainable home is a good investment for the future and the benefits of such a decision comes through in many ways. For instance, there will be less dependence on energy services, more natural light coming through the home, lower energy bills and a minimised impact on the environment.
Here are some things to consider when it comes to lowering your carbon footprint for your home design.
The concept of working with what you already have (passive design) has recently had resurgence and for good reason too. From your site’s orientation, to climate based on geographic location, to the surrounding natural environment, taking stock of what you are already working with is an efficient first leap when it comes to creating your sustainable home design.
Keeping the heat in for winter and out for summer: ideal, right? Installing the right kind of insulation, ideal to your residence and situation, will help here – you’ll be saving both on resources and bills when it comes to energy use for your home. We know that good insulation is worth its weight in power bills and a reduced carbon footprint – and this in itself is a practical yet simple step for creating sustainable homes.
Anything that reduces the need for new materials is a step in the right direction. Using recycled materials is a sustainable way to build a home – whether this draws on reclaimed bricks, repurposed timber or even crushed concrete. When considering materials for sustainability, think about materials with low environmental impact – essentially something that is not depleting non-renewable resources or causing other issues.
Let there be light
The best use of light in a home takes into account aspects of passive design. Options like orientation, skylights, double-glazed windows; passive solar access and positioning of windows should be considered carefully. Having a solution that works well across all seasons should be planned for.
When designing your home in a sustainable way, think about how size and space will come into play – can this be reduced? A practical way of outputting this may be to think about the actual size of the home. Is there a powder room or extra bedroom you could cut out? A simple way to be more sustainable is to inhabit a smaller house… practically speaking, a smaller space will always be more sustainable (and cheaper) to build, heat and cool, live in and maintain.
We can advise on designing your own sustainable home, please contact us to find out more.