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.

Change is the only constant in life. It brings in a freshness and diversity to life. Living with the same things day in and day out can be boring. So is the case with the rooms we live in, the pieces that we surround ourselves with and the house that becomes us. Adding a touch of this and that brings in a little deviation from the normal look but sometimes the desire for a complete new look tends to prompt us to making major changes in the area we live in.

This can be an addition of a complete floor, a new room, a front porch or a backyard makeover. Makeovers are fun and the process of creating something new can be quite exciting. In the excitement we forget that something new can only come up if we let go of the old. In other words some amount of demolition is required to build something new on something that no longer serves us. Demolition contractors make life really easy for us as the whole process of bringing down a structure and removing the debris is taken out of our hands. Focus Demolition, located in Perth has been handling the demolition needs of a number of commercial and residential projects. It is important to choose the right contractor who adhere to demolition laws and does not leave you with a mess to clear up.

Demolition also means a lot of loose dust and debris is let loose. When demolishing a structure opt for green methods that reduce the damage to the environment and those around you. If you are demolishing an old house recycle or reclaim for reuse approximately 80% of the structure to save on energy expense as well as the carbon footprint you leave.

When it comes to wiring see what can be reused. Building wires may contain copper, aluminium, silver alloy, gold or steel, which are all re-usable materials.

Other by products of demolition such as asphalt, concrete, and rubble can be aggregated and recycled into new asphalt and concrete products. Don’t rule out this possibility and check with the demolition company how this can be done.

For landscaping the area around the house look for recycled waste. Wood available from demolition can be reused in the garden to fulfil some landscaping requirements. However check with the demolition experts on the type of wood. Wood from decks or roofing may have been treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA). CCA is harmful and should not be used. The demolition company will dispose it in the correct manner.

Look for areas in the garden that may be trapping heat. A south facing wall will tend to do this resulting in too much heat for the plants. A natural way to reduce the heat would be to cover the wall with greens screens. A green screen would be something like a metal lattice on which a green creeper has been made to climb. In other areas opt for a green roof to prevent grass or plants from burning.

For most people contributing to a green planet has become a way of life. We all do our bit in any small way we can. Economising on water, on electricity and also on the food we eat, has become a natural way of living. However when it come to bigger things, how many of us really deviate and make a difference. take the case of a house construction or even additions in the home. Most of us leave the “green living” out as we believe that a deviation here will cost us big bucks. This is not the case always. Here are a few ways you can add a touch of green living to your home:

When it comes to Spray foam insulation, the use of plastics in construction greatest less greenhouse gas. If you opt for blown foamed insulation made of plastics, the building or construction will use less energy as opposed to the use of traditional material.

Other alternates like the cotton denim insulation made from industrial scraps. Cellulose insulation is made from recycled paper and fibres. however cellulose insulation has a slightly less insulating efficiency. The use of green fibres in cellulose insulation makes up for this decreased insulation efficiency. On top of this both cotton and cellulose insulation are treated with borate-based flame retardants which are not harmful. Places where spray applied cellulose is heavy, fibreglass can be used. Fibre glass uses a green under as against mineral wool that would use formaldehyde as a binder.

Installing a solar panel

Solar energy tapping has come a long way from the use of magnifying glasses to complete panels that cater to the entire energy requirement of a building. The most common usage is to use solar energy for space heating and water heating with the house. Solar energy does not pollute the air when converted to electricity by solar panels. It is a resource provided freely by nature and does contribute to global warming as there are no carbon emissions from solar heating. This helps you reduce your property’s carbon footprint.

Solar panels are usually fitted on the rooftop with the panel place in an angle to capture maximum light. The angle of light received is also considered from sources like trees, windows etc. South facing angles seem to capture maximum light. Solar energy is used to run small and big appliances. Even big products like home elevators can be run on solar power. The rooftop solar panels capture energy and store it in batteries, allowing the elevators to operate at night. Grant Home Elevators has a good range of home elevators catering to a home’s elevation needs.

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)

Structural Insulated Panels have started to replace stick framed construction. Not only does this lead to less load on the lumber extracted, it also provides better insulation. Structural Insulated Panels provide less gaps which results in better sealing, reduced filtration and superior indoor heating.