Eco-friendly homes are basically a must these days. It’s not just some trend that people are following because they want to be trendy. Having an eco-friendly home actually makes a lot of sense. Of course, there’s the fact that having one helps you contribute to the welfare of our Mother Earth. We only have one planet, and we have to do our part in helping save it.
There are also practical reasons. Here are just some reasons that should convince you to build an eco-friendly home:
- You’ll have an energy-efficient home.
With an energy-efficient home, you’ll be less reliant on non-renewable energy sources.
- You’ll enjoy decreased energy bills.
This is a direct effect of being less reliant on non-renewable energy sources. This is a long-term benefit that you’ll enjoy month after month.
- You’ll have a more durable home.
Thanks to the improvements on eco-friendly materials, they require less maintenance which lessens the need for constant maintenance. This can help reduce the stress brought upon by regular maintenance. As a bonus, you also enjoy savings because you don’t have to spend on maintenance and renovation.
- Your home will have a higher resale value.
If ever you decide to sell your home later on, the additions of eco-friendly solutions actually makes your home more desirable to potential buyers.
What are Your Options?
The first thing that you have to do is to hire a contractor that specializes on eco-friendly homes and structures. Here at G Cube Design and Build, we provide the following options to our clients:
- Autoclaved aerated concrete
This is something that we’ve just started using. Using this reduces environmental waste by at least 30%. Greenhouse gas emissions are slashed by half. It’s also an efficient insulator. Cooling and heating loads are also decreased.
- Solar roofing
Basically, you will harness the power of the sun to provide most of your energy needs. Solar power is free and renewable, making it an eco-friendly option.
A house with a solar roof is the “house of the future” according to Elon Musk in reference to the Tesla Solar Roof.
- Sustainable windows
Vinyl is a top choice for windows. It’s very durable so that alone is a good reason. It can last for decades. It’s also very energy-efficient and has good thermal-insulating value.
- Sustainable flooring
Linoleum flooring is very popular here in the Philippines and it’s good to know that it’s up there on the list of sustainable flooring options. Bamboo is another great option that’s rising in popularity. It’s eco-friendly because it’s sustainable. It’s a good alternative to hardwood. Cork is another great choice and is becoming a top choice of homeowners looking for an eco-friendly option that provides a lot of other benefits like its natural ability to repel insects.
Hire an Experienced Local Contractor!
A good local contractor will take into consideration the sun and wind orientation. This is what we do so our clients can maximize the sun and the wind to provide lighting and comfort. This lessens their energy needs. You can check out this 2 storey house design as an example.