Today, with our climate undergoing constant change, it has become more important than ever for us to be environmentally conscious. Building a green home is one step towards achieving a more sustainable future. Many organizations have done some tremendous amount of work in this sphere, from developing green building materials to designing green household appliances.Here are some such advances that you too can implement if you are planning to build a new home so that you can create a green space for you and your family:
1. Smart household appliances
Appliance manufacturers around the world are striving to bring grid-smart appliances, including refrigerators, water heaters and televisions, for their consumers. These appliances differ from their traditional counterparts because they have the ability to monitor their own use and energy consumption. This doesn’t just reduce stress on the power grid but also brings down your average energy costs by up to 15%.
2. Intelligent window design
Another way to transform your regular home into a green home is with the use of intelligent windows. With the use of revolutionary nanotechnologies, manufacturers are starting to design smart windows that change their appearance and function with the flip of a switch. For instance, some windows have the ability to react to solar radiation, allowing them to reflect the heat in summer and trapping it in winter, thus providing insulation to the house.
3. Mycofoam building blocks
While the use of recycled building materials isn’t entirely a novel idea, there have been far more innovative advances in this matter, as the use of biological processes to create building materials. Mycofoam is a material that is made using mushrooms! A company called Planetory ONE creates building blocks using recycled aluminum sheets and mycelium spores. The blocks are as strong as traditional bricks but they require a much lesser amount of energy to produce. They can also be used for insulation.
While the initial costs of some of these techniques and technologies may seem high, they will save you significant amounts of money in the long run, while also contributing to your sustainable living.
If you are planning to build a new home, get in touch with Black and White Construction. We can help you learn more about how you can make it green.