Seven of the Most Popular Green Building Techniques
- Guest Blog
- 4 years ago
If you’re interested in green building techniques, you’ll be pleased to find out that some are really easy to implement while still having a big impact on your carbon footprint and ongoing energy use.
Here’s seven of the most commonly-used environmentally-friendly building choices and methods that you can use – either if you’re doing the work yourself or if a contractor is doing it for you.
Location is everything
If you’re about to plan your build, look at where it is and where it’s facing. If your home is set to be west-facing, think again, as it could end up being too hot in the summer. Look for a location that offers shelter against the prevailing wind, as this will also help to keep you warm in the winter. You should also, if possible, select an area with decent public transport and local shops as this will cut down on your car journeys.
Size also matters
Ask yourself if you really need huge rooms. OK, maybe one or two bigger rooms for entertaining, but does every room need to be huge, with wide corridors? Spacious rooms mean your house will be harder to heat, so aim for just enough space to be comfortable. If you need more space, add extra rooms.
This is one of the most important aspects of green building and many environmentally-conscious building companies, like Lagan Construction Group for example, make great use of insulation techniques in their buildings. Good insulation helps to regulate temperature – warm in winter, cool in summer – which reduces the use of heating and air conditioning units.
Use reclaimed resources
Look at the building materials that aren’t particularly environmentally friendly and see if you can find some that have been used before – recycled plastics or glass, tiles, or even reclaimed timber – so that you’re not sourcing newly-extracted finite resources.
Use sustainable materials
Your shopping list should be headed up by sustainable and eco-friendly products and materials. Think about everything – your roof, your walls, your floors and windows – you can use bamboo or cork flooring, recycled glass, eco-friendly paints. Whatever you need, ask yourself if there’s a green alternative.
Install solar panels
Angle your roof southwards so you can make the most of the sun. Solar arrays are the cheapest they’ve ever been and while the tariffs for feeding back into the grid might have fallen, electricity isn’t getting cheaper so PV panels are a good investment for the future.
Use your surroundings
You’re already thinking about the orientation of your house, but there’s lots of other things you can do to regulate the temperature inside it. Building by the side of trees, or planting some fast-growing ones, can mean shading in the summer and more sunlight into your home in the winter when the leaves have fallen. If there’s a notoriously penetrating and prevailing wind from a particular direction, then a bank of evergreens is just the ticket to keep it out of your home all year round!