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A sustainable home is a healthy home.
There are so many ways that an individual can make sustainable changes to their life style and be eco friendly. It can be from a small change, like using a recyclable water bottle in your daily life, to a bigger investment.. like building your dream house. Here are some very important factors which will massivey contribute to a much more sustainable lifestyle within your home.
Choose a non-toxic material to build your house.
Wood is a 100% natural material and as it grows it extracts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.
Timber is also 100% sustainable as the process of manufacturing timber uses substantially less fossil fuel energy per unit more than any other material available.
Insulation is very important
Apart from wood being the best natural thermal insulation material, Innovative Construction solutions offers you various wall insulation compositions based on your budget and how energy efficient you would like your home to be.
Knowing what R-value and U-value mean is key to following energy codes and to selecting products that best suit the climate you are building in. R-value is essentially a product’s resistance to heat flow which means that the higher the product’s R-value, the better it is at insulating the home and improving energy efficiency. Adversely, U-value measures the rate of heat transfer. This means that products with a lower U-value will be more energy efficient. It is tempting to think that these two values are direct opposites of each other, but there are some important differences to note.
Innovative Construction Solutions offer many options for wall insulation compositions.
Install photovoltaic panels
Solar energy is produced naturally by the sun, so it produces no greenhouse gasses which makes them eco friendly. Considering that in an hour, the sun radiates solar energy enough to cover human energy consumption for a year, then going green with solar PV panels is perhaps in the right direction!
As you would be generating your own electricity on your roof, this also means your energy bills will be reduced significantly.
Double & Tripple glazing uPVC
or aluminium windows
Double and triple glazing is great for insulation, it helps capture natural heat and store it in the winter. This is a great way of keeping your home insulated in the winter months.
Windows with double and triple glazing can prevent some rays from coming through the windowon a hot summer’s’ day helping your room to be cooler. This means less air-conditioning is required.
They also work as noise insulation.
Save energy by using energy saving lighting
Light bulbs that use LED technology not only bring down your energy bills but are also more environmentally friendly when compared to incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Both the manufacture and use of LED bulbs causes less damage to the environment than the other two alternatives.
LED bulbs consume less power per unit (lumen) of light emitted. This reduces greenhouse emissions from power plants. Carbon dioxide emissions for LEDs are also low. Roughly, one LED bulb will minimize greenhouse gas emissions by almost half a ton.
Switch to a heat pump
Heat pumps are the most efficient and economical alternative to fuel, oil, and electrical systems, when it comes to the process of heating. They supply a larger capacity of heating than the amount of electrical energy that is used to run it. Heat pumps are much safer than systems that are based on combustion. The system reduces your carbon emissions, and it has an efficient conversion rate of energy to heat.
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