Green house designs are actually what you would call eco-friendly homes because they use environmentally friendly and reusable materials. These homes are turning to renewable and more sustainable materials.
Green materials include those that are saved or restored to an existing structure. There are many options available today. The use of materials containing volatile organic compounds or VOCs when painting, finishing or stenciling is avoided.
Today’s green houses incorporate the use of bamboo, eucalyptus and cork, as they are sustainable and renewable, with a special mention for cork because cork extraction does not damage trees when it is done correctly. It is best to choose woods that have authentication or certification from environmental groups.
When installing home flooring, the use of non-toxic, low or no VOC sealants is recommended. Also consider non-toxic finishes, polishes, cleaners, finishing products and adhesives. Respecting the ecological design of the house allows for better interior quality, as the new house emits less toxins and becomes a more favorable and healthier place to live. Although even after opting for non-toxic materials, there is still no guarantee for 100% good health and safety as other toxic chemicals are encountered daily. But the whole concept of building a green house is to ensure that no contribution is made to further degradation of the planet and to provide a safer home for the family at the end of the day.
Creating a green house keeps this in mind. It is also recommended to include plenty of windows and glass doors in designs as well as on roofs and walls to allow natural light to enter the home. Skylights, aside from conserving energy use in the home, are a good way to ensure that humidity does not build up in a room.
When designing the kitchen, try to incorporate the use of concrete countertops. This will add a modern look to the area. Vetrrazzo is a type of recycled glass and is also a common green countertop choice. Recycled glass is available in different colors and gives a very attractive touch to the kitchen. Besides countertops, it can also be used as a backsplash. Another exquisite alternative would be the recycled glass tiles.
When choosing appliances, on the other hand, a few considerations to take into account are energy efficiency, functionality, style and of course budget. Go for the most energy efficient appliances when buying new ones. Recycling of old appliances can also be done. Local recycling services are sure to give sound advice on what can be done to recycle them.
Consumers should be wary of simply sending their old devices to landfill. A refrigerator, for example, has about 95% of its parts that are recyclable. Old kitchen appliances are not as energy efficient and will actually cost a lot of money over time. Whenever possible, it is recommended to recycle all old kitchen appliances.
In line with green design, one should also design green insulation or use environmentally friendly insulation materials. Green house designs use a lot of ceiling and wall insulation throughout the house. It’s best to choose recycled denim or cotton insulation made from recycled blue jeans. Wool is also a good type to use, as is Icynene, a water-blown foam spray. New materials such as airgel are made from silica to form frozen silica fume or an ultra porous form of silica containing around 99% air, which makes it incredibly light yet incredibly strong and an effective insulator. .
In addition to helping the environment, opting for an eco-friendly home can prove to be very economical in the long run. Because beyond the initial investment, it’s the savings over time from more energy-efficient devices and reduced exposure to harmful chemicals that are worth it.