efficiency and environmental responsibility are the pillars of green home
design. A home can be referred to as ‘green’ only if an eco-friendly touch has
been given to all aspects of the house in question, interior and exterior
alike. Focusing on the latter, we’re going to dig a bit deeper into the basics
of what it takes to make a home environmentally friendly – in terms of design
Not only is
the glassy look very much appreciated when it comes to exterior design, but it
is actually extremely eco-friendly. It’s quite simple – the more see-through a
home is, the more sunlight it will receive, thus greatly reducing the need for
using artificial lighting fixtures in broad daylight. However, this is a bit
more difficult to achieve than it might seem. For example, a house with many
wall windows is naturally going to be brighter than a typical one, but if
angled windows are installed, even more light will be able to enter.
Additionally, glass panels at the base of these windows can open like
trapdoors, which allows breeze to enter and eliminates (or cuts down) the need
for excessive air-conditioning.
the above-mentioned “glassy” look is just as practical as it is eye-pleasing,
sometimes it is the orientation of the house that dictates how much sunlight
will be allowed through. If a home isn’t facing the sunny side, no matter how
many windows are installed (unless the building is completely made out of
glass), light deficiency will be an issue, leading to unnecessary energy
wasting. Even if the house in question isfacing the sunny side, there’s an off-chance that it will be met with some
sort of an obstruction, such as a tall building. Luckily, there is a way around
this – skylights are trending for a reason. These “fixtures” might look like a
regular ceiling light, but they actually contain mirrors that are used to bathe
the indoors with a ton of sunlight! This is how tubular skylights work.
material of a house can actually make a dramatic difference in terms of energy
efficiency. Roof materials such as slate, terra cotta, white tiles, special
membranes and metal roofing actually reflect the sunlight away from the roof and they tend to cool faster at night
and hold less heat for less time. This means that there won’t be need for
excessive air-conditioning, which is, of course, eco-friendly. In terms of
design, well, given the number of the materials that serve the same purpose of
reducing energy wasting, the palette of choice is simply vast. Another option for reducing heat build up within the roof space is opting for whirlybird installation, which is quite common in a lot of parts of Australia.
take time, dedication and money, but a well-planned “living roof” will go a
long way in providing a unique exterior look for any home, while cutting down
the temperature levels inside (they reduce the urban heat island effect) – it is a cool idea in every
possible way. Essentially, living roofs are constructed in a way that makes it
easy for them to hold plants, which catch and filter rainwater, thus insulating
the home beneath.
panels are absolutely fantastic, since they offer a source of clean, low-cost
energy. Although these can be installed in older homes, a house that is built
with solar power in mind is significantly more efficient, owing to the fact
that making the most out of light and geography is made possible in this way.
exterior ideas are not only trendy, but also helpful in terms of both saving the
environment and saving money in the long run. The more see-through a home is,
the less energy will be spent, but incorporating plant life and solar technology
into the eco-friendly equation will go a long way in helping our planet get
back to its former glory.