A couple of myths surround the concept of sustainable home renovation: its challenging and expensive. In actuality, its quite the opposite! You don't need to start from scratch to build yourself a 'green home', but can simply add to and improve upon what you've already got. Even more surprising is the fact that sustainable home renovation can help you cut building costs, making it healthy for the environment and your wallet! Keep reading for 5 green tips worth your while.
1. Use Passive Design
Passive design is a smart method of utilising seasonal weather changes to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. Things to consider are:
- The orientation of your rooms. Try to maximise the amount of natural light entering the space.
- Double glaze your windows. In winter, the air gap between the two panes serves as insulation, minimising the amount of heat escaping the room. In summer, the opposite occurs, preventing the entry of heat.
- Install blinds to prevent excess heat from sunlight.
2. Minimise construction waste.
In order for the final product of your home to be sustainable, you need to be sustainable throughout the production process. Minimisation of construction waste is paramount. Did you know that 40% of waste disposed comes from building sites!
One of the ways to achieve reduction is to use sustainable skip bins. A sustainable skip bin provider takes your waste to a plant where they extract the recyclable items, and then only transfer what is absolutely necessary to landfill.
3. Make the Old, New
To further eliminate waste and save a ton of money consider salvaging existing building materials, repurpose old goods and incorporate recycled pieces. Mixing all of this together will turn your home into a unique space that exudes quality and character. For example try leftovers such as bricks, stones, timber offcuts, glass concrete, steel and window frames.
Healthy interiors need to little to no chemicals present. To achieve this choose a green building who uses low to no "Volatile Organic Compounds" or VOC materials. This will eliminate the build-up of toxins from the trim and woodwork of your home, assisting both your personal health and the environment. Other ways to get rid of toxins is opt for non-toxic paints and formaldehyde-free substances.
5. Invest in Insulation
Investing in a well-insulated space can significantly impact energy efficiency and utility bills. The go-to place for insulation is the roof, as this is the prime spot for heat loss.
Additionally, consider an energy audit of your home to determine how you can make it more sustainable. This is done through use of an infrared camera to produce thermal images to see the weak spots where heat is being lost, and where you need to add more insulation.
Going green with sustainable renovations doesn’t need to be expensive or difficult. In fact, when done properly you can easily tick all the boxes such as unique home design, cutting down costs, upping quality and protecting the environment for years to come. So what green tips will you be incorporating into your home renovation?
This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Instant Waste Management – leading sustainable skip bin providers and larder waste management services for home renovations to construction sites. You can catch Jayde on Google+ to discuss this piece.