By committing to a greener way of living you contribute to a greener planet. So is the case of green construction and green homes. Homes that use green ways of construction reduce energy use as well as the building related construction and demolition debris. You build a better quality of life for yourself and those around you. You give yourself the gift of better health and better living.
What are green homes?
These would be homes that use less energy, give out less carbon emissions and use eco friendly products and materials for construction. Wood is great but it does involve cutting and felling of trees. Similarly solar heating, environment friendly insulations, recycled materials add to your contribution to a carbon free environment. Nexus Home Improvements can take care of all your makeover needs, right from a modular second storey addition with light weight construction or a more traditional brick ground floor extension.
Green homes would tap into natural lighting minimising the use of energy expended when constantly using lights around the house. Bigger windows, and ventilators help in providing a natural light to the house. Well designed windows, doors and skylights can significantly improve energy efficiency. As far as lamps and lighting goes replacing T-8 lamps with more energy efficient T-5 lamps works in favor of a greener environment.
Opting for water based air conditioning systems may cost more at the time of installation but the cost is worth it. Such cooling systems energy and space efficient and low on harmful emissions. Solar heating options can be used for heating swimming pools and even fireplaces. Designing a home in the right manner can eliminate the need for additional heating and cooling appliances altogether. Evaporative coolers use less energy and do not release any harmful compounds. However they are effective in dry areas and in a dry weather. hey can be a very effective choice in many areas of southern and inland Australia. Reverse-cycle air conditioners use less energy than other types of air conditioners.
When it comes to heating, a hot water system provides good energy efficiency. The pipes are installed at the time of construction. The hot water flows through the pipes radiates heat wherever it flows from.
Harness wind power where you can. If the house has a good breeze then capturing the wind through the rooftop clerestories and other windows will provide a good cross ventilation in the house. Domestic and commercial wind turbines provide energy of moving air to generate electricity. Before investing in a small wind system identify the amount of wind available. The wind at your site needs to blow hard and consistently enough to make a small wind system economically practical.