Over the past couple of decades, environmentally-friendly construction has grown from a fringe movement to being the mainstream status. The major forces driving green building are market and client demands, but also state and local governments which are adopting regulations and proposing initiatives focused on sustainable housing. This is all happening because reducing energy and water usage have become the top humanity issues, and no one can look away now that these problems and years of reckless use of Earth’s resources have come back to haunt us. If you are planning a renovation project, you should know that it will impact not only your house and your community but also our planet. If you want to minimize that influence, here are some tips that could help you.
In the last couple of years, climate changes have affected everything, even the construction business, causing property owners to take a significant financial hit. According to Fema, every dollar invested in resiliency saves four dollars in recovery, which means that resources should be invested in constructing buildings that can withstand natural disasters. Furthermore, construction is leaving a huge amount of waste every year, so experts have finally found ways to recycle and use that waste for further projects. All of this is a part of a large-scale movement of building properties that reduce gas emissions, save water and rely on renewable energy. This movement refers to both private and commercial buildings.
Each remodeling project, regardless of how large or small, leaves a trace on the planet. While commercial and public construction is responsible for most of that impact, homeowners need to join the fight as well. For example, if you are building your home from scratch, you should invest in sustainable materials, encourage minimal use of energy during the works, and, if possible, build tiny. If you don’t want to skimp on square footage, it would be useful to build upwards and take up less soil space. The trend of building upwards to go green is very popular in Australia, which makes reliable crane hire in Sydney and other Aussie cities a very in-demand service for even the tiniest renovation tasks. As for remodeling, the first things to think about are lowering your home’s energy use and preventing energy leaks. You’ll do that with insulation and energy-saving features, such as triple-glazed windows.
Sure, all of this is nice and well, but what exactly can you do to make your remodeling more sustainable and energy-efficient? Prepare to find out.
Your home may be a mere drop of water in the sea, but what else is the sea made of, if not billions of drops of water? If you can make your home renovation green, someone else can too, and this already makes a movement that can change things.
About the author: Mike Johnston is a home improvement blogger, DIY enthusiast and sustainability buff from Sydney. He is a regular writer at Smooth Decorator and a contributor on several interior design and eco blogs, always on the lookout for new ideas and latest trends in the field.