Green Home Building Tips | Part 5: Getting started – Practical tips to reduce waste during the
This is our fifth and final installment of our five-part series on green home building tips to make your new home as energy-efficient as possible. Whether you’ve purchased one of our green build kit homes, have hired a sustainable architect to help you with the process or are doing it all on your own, this series is full of information on how to save energy, reduce waste and make the most of your new, eco-friendly home.
In our previous posts in this series we covered everything you need to consider when planning your green build home, from selecting the best location to elements to incorporate in your home’s design that will minimise your energy consumption and save you money in the process. Now you’re ready to get started! In this blog post we’ll outline how to reduce and recycle construction waste so your eco-friendly kit home will be off to a great start.
Step one: reduce construction waste
The first and most important step in minimising construction waste is to use as little as possible! We’ve already discussed how building as small a home as will comfortably house you and your family will have a significant impact on your energy consumption over the life of your home. Building a multi-level home, rather than a larger single-level home, will require less energy to power and will reduce your heating and electric bills. This has the added benefit of reducing your foundation size as well, which minimises the impact the construction of your green build home will have on the environment and reduces the amount of materials you need for construction.
Step two: recycling
Waste materials can be recycled during as well as after the building process. If you’ve chosen to use recyclable materials as much as possible in your green build home, this should a fairly straightforward process. Create a temporary storage area for recyclable construction materials so they’re stored away in a tidy, easy-to-assess location that will make recycling easier once the construction is complete.
During the excavation stage, collect topsoil to be reused for filling in holes and for landscaping. Wooden and cardboard boxes and scraps of material such as wood and metal can often come in handy later or can be sold for salvage or simply dropped off at your local recycling centre.
When it comes to purchasing construction materials, try to purchase good-quality used supplies when possible. Almost anything can be purchased used – check local suppliers and places like eBay for everything from windows, doors, insulation, tiles, low-energy appliances, carpets and more. And don’t forget to sell your old materials and any supplies you didn’t use!
Make the most of your money and your time
An excellent way to minimise the amount of materials you need in constructing your green build home is to purchase an eco-friendly kit home. Kit homes have numerous environmental benefits over ground-up constructions: each component is pre-assembled, eliminating excess waste. Sustainable Design Collective’s green build kit homes also fully incorporate low-energy solutions into every aspect of your new home’s design so that you can rest assured that your home’s energy consumption is as low as possible, reducing your heating bills by up to 90%. Best of all, with our eco-friendly kit homes you can be involved as much (or as little) as you want to be in the design and construction process so that your home can be tailored perfectly for you and your family.