Green Home Building Tips | Part 2: Maximise efficiency in your green build home’s design
This is our second post in a five-part series on how to make the most of your green build home to maximise efficiency, reduce energy consumption and to create a pleasant home that you’ll love. Whether you decide to use one of our eco friendly kit homes or whether you’ll enlist the help of a sustainable architect to design the home of your dreams, this green home building tips will help you make the most of your green build.
In our last blog post, we discussed some of the overall considerations that you should make when selecting the right site for your future home. In this post, we’ll take that one step further and discuss other key factors in green home placement and design that can have a huge impact on the amount of energy (and money!) your green build home can save.
Make the most of the natural environment
Proper positioning of your green build home on the building site is key to reducing energy consumption. In order for solar panels to receive the most sunlight possible throughout the year, you’ll want to position your home in such a way that the main panels face in a southerly direction, and where they will not be blocked by large trees or other obstacles. However, while trees may not be the best to have right up against your solar panels, trees can provide valuable shade for the other sides of your green build home, thus cooling your home in the warmer months, making it more comfortable and reducing your energy costs.
Going green starts with the basics
The biggest factor in the amount of energy your eco friendly home will consume is its size. First, consider how much space you really need. Not only is a smaller house cheaper to build because it requires fewer materials and less labour, but it also requires less energy day-by-day to power and heat. Over the lifetime of the home, this adds up to a significantly smaller carbon footprint (and smaller utility bills, too)! Of course, you’ll want to ensure that you have enough space for you and your family to live comfortably, but a carefully considered design will be able to maximise the use of space, allowing you to comfortably enjoy a smaller home. Also consider making your green build a two-storey home instead of a larger one-storey. While both homes have the same square footage, a two-storey home will have a smaller foundation and a smaller roof, thus reducing both building costs and overall heating and cooling costs.
Use eco-friendly building materials
This is one of the most important features of green home design: the use of materials that are environmentally friendly. Choose materials that are renewable, durable, and low-maintenance to reduce the impact your green build home has on the environment. When possible, use recycled materials. Eco-friendly choices can also be found for weatherproofing and insulation, both of which are extremely important in any green build to ensure that your home is both durable and energy-efficient.
If you choose one of our green build kit homes, you can rest assured that only the most environmentally-friendly materials are used in your home and that every aspect of green design has been taken into account to ensure long-lasting durability and minimal energy consumption. Each of our eco friendly kit homes has been expertly designed by our sustainable architects to maximise space and keep the environment – and your comfort – as our number one priority.
Don’t miss our next post, which will continue to explore sustainable features that every green build home should have to maximise energy efficiency.