Eco-friendly buildings have received a lot of attention over recent years, and with good reason. There are a wide range of benefits of choosing to live in a property that is environmentally friendly.
Reduced environmental impact
By using energy-efficient, renewable or recycled materials when actually building the property you can lessen the environmental footprint of your build. An eco-friendly home produces fewer carbon emissions through efficient energy use, reduces stress on landfills, and uses less of the world’s natural resources.
Saved time and money
Building a ‘green’ kit home can save you time and money, reducing on-site construction hours and final finishing processes. When choosing Energy Star appliances, thermal-heat-retaining gypsum panels, metal roofing and energy-efficient options like solar panels and photovoltaic cells mean that you can continue to save once your home has been built.
Better health for your family
Some traditional building materials are prone to moisture buildup, which can lead to toxic mildew and mold. This can cause a range of serious health conditions, from breathing problems to cardiac arrest. When choosing to build with eco-materials you can keep your home free of harmful chemicals, finishes and potential environmental pollutants.
‘Green’ building materials are often more durable and require much less maintenance over time. This helps your home look newer for longer and saves you money on repairs. The extended lifespan of your home significantly increases the overall sustainability of your home.
Higher property value
Buyers are aware of the benefits that come with an eco-friendly home and are willing to pay more for lower running costs and a future-proof way of living. Eco-friendly homes are highly sought after and investing in an eco-friendly home now puts you one step ahead for the future.
Tips for building an eco-friendly home
If you’re building a property from scratch or you’re choosing a kit home, you have a great opportunity to introduce environmentally-conscious design elements that will have a long-lasting positive effect on the environment and your day-to-day life.
Make the most of space
There’s no way around it – large homes have a large environmental impact. The smaller you make your property, the less strain it puts on your surroundings. This doesn’t mean sacrificing space – it simply means making use of smart design. Build up the rooms you care most about and be creative with the rest.
Innovative insulation options
Around half of your home’s energy consumption is from heating and cooling efforts. Therefore proper insulation is the best way to ensure you’re not using and paying for too much. Thankfully, a new wave of eco-friendly insulation options has arrived and include safe and sustainable materials, lower manufacturing costs and energy cost savings.
Producing your own energy
If you live in a sunny part of Australia you might as well take full advantage and invest in solar panels. If done properly, you might even produce enough energy to start selling it to your local utility company. Solar power is a clean, renewable energy source that’s free from most of the drawbacks associated with fossil fuels.
Airflow and ventilation
High ceilings, wide hallways and bifold or sliding stacker doors can provide more natural airflow and space for air to circulate. Install doors and windows that you can open on both sides of the home, which will cool your house down faster in summer. Also choose window furnishings that cover windows well while providing good airflow between the window and internal spaces.
Eco-friendly materials ensure high energy efficiency. These include cement, ceramics, bricks, aluminium, timber, steel and glass. You can further reduce your carbon footprint by using recycled materials like fibreglass batts. Also, aluminium frames are both recyclable and energy-efficient.
Think ‘smart’ devices
The ‘smart’ home is taking over with technology making life and eco-friendly living more efficient. You can install a sophisticated thermostat to carefully control the temperature of your home, control your water thresholds with smart shower heads, and cut your garden water bill in half with smart sprinkler systems.
The eco-friendly kit home
There are many different types of factory-built kit homes available, including some eco-friendly options. Your kit home can be as eco-friendly as you want it to be. Talk to the friendly team at Kitome about your eco-friendly goals.
In the past, kit homes were thought to be cheaply produced and rigid in their design. Today’s kit homes, however, are high quality and designed and constructed for the primary residential market. To keep up with customer demands, kit homes now need to focus on innovative environmentally-friendly credentials.
Kit homes offer an excellent opportunity for eco-friendly living because they have several advantages over mainstream building methods. Their parts are mass produced in a factory with the components made to fit precisely, meaning a kit home can be constructed faster and is less impacted by weather delays. Kit homes come with minimal operating costs and their versatile and energy efficient nature significantly reduces environmental impact. Powered by your passion for the environment, inspired by innovation and only limited by your imagination, Kitome can create the eco-friendly home of your dreams.
Are you looking to have an environmentally friendly home that is designed to best suit your needs and green goals? Kitome offer a variety of design options that are 100% customisable, so contact the friendly team at Kitome today.