Green Building Basics

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The building sector continues to be overwhelmingly inefficient and wasteful. A huge percent of energy and resources are used recklessly, and as a result building is costly and harms the environment. Fortunately, nowadays more people and professional contractors turn to eco-friendly building practices. New green construction techniques are explored every year, in order to make building more efficient, or to decrease the carbon footprint of an establishment. And 30th of May will go under the sign of Green building in Melbourne.

Here are some basic concepts of green building you might find interesting. A few of the notions are easy to incorporate in your everyday life and to use when you redesign your home.

Energy Efficiency

First and foremost, the way you use energy to light and heat/cool your building is of the essence. When energy is used reasonably and efficiently, it makes a huge difference to a structure’s carbon footprint. The thermal efficiency of materials used in building the outer side, as well as for insulation, is crucial for effective temperature regulation. Also, always choose green heating/cooling systems (like heat pumps or solar energy systems) to install in your house. Think of investing in a renewable energy sources system (like wind energy or hybrid system) to compensate for most of your household’s needs. Additionally, use energy-efficient appliances and lighting. This will not only be more gentle on the environment, but also lower your bills.

Water Efficiency

The simplest way to increase water efficiency is to install low-flow sink taps and shower heads, and low-flush toilets. Also, you can invest in some water recycling systems. For example, waste water from your kitchen sink, and the toilet, could be used as fertiliser for your organic garden. To recycle greywater you will need a filtration device, or a treatment and re-use system. Another easier way to use water, which otherwise would be wasted, is to simply collect water from your sink, or shower in containers and then use it in your garden, for instance.

Efficient Building Process

Find a trustworthy building contractor, who is familiar with green construction techniques. If you choose to build your own eco-friendly house, then at least seek advice from experienced green construction and design professionals. Choose the materials you’ll use carefully. If possible try to pick only ones which are sustainable and recycled.

Margaret Swanton

About Margaret Swanton

Meet Margaret Swanton. She is a freelance writer who likes to “tackle” the issues of home improvement and organizing. Margaret has 15 years of experience writing for various online magazines in Australia, and Fantastic Cleaners are proud to have her on their team of authors. The posts, presented by Ms Swanton are easy-to-read, interesting and, most importantly, helpful.
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