Sustainable building is no longer an expensive or obscure concept – the last few years have seen significant developments in technology, techniques and knowledge, making it an accessible and important part of residential construction.
However, with so much scope, it can be hard to know where to start. As experts in environmentally friendly residential construction, our team has an extensive understanding of what can and can’t work on your site. Here are just three to consider.
1.Green construction methods
When sustainability first hit the mainstream, the focus was on making the end product as environmentally friendly as possible, with initiatives designed to save power and water. Now, the focus has extended to what builders are actually using to construct the home. At AJP Constructions, we specialise in cross-laminated timber (CLT), a sustainable and low-cost building material. Made from renewable timber and cut to size to reduce waste, it is a cost-effective alternative for those looking to build sustainably. Hempcrete is another option – this form of concrete is made from hemp fibre, sand and lime and is a carbon-friendly material, thanks to hemp’s absorption of carbon dioxide.
2.Embracing the natural
From vertical gardens to indoor gardens, the natural world has well and truly integrated with living spaces. Green walls and roofs are becoming more popular, as building designers look to ivy and local plants to reduce a home’s carbon footprint. However, it’s not just the exterior surfaces – vertical gardens are a great option for sun-kissed kitchens, while installing indoor plants can help in creating calm and sophisticated spaces.
When designing sustainable homes, it’s essential to consider elements of passive design. This concept looks at how early design decisions, such as home orientation and location, window design, shading and ventilation can help to create a low-carbon or carbon-neutral home, all for free! This means considering things like where to put windows to maximize natural light, using materials with a high thermal mass, the orientation of the home and where to install shading. Once these elements combine, the end result should be a home that stays cool in the summer, warm in the winter and has a constant supply of fresh air.
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Should you be looking to reduce your carbon footprint with your new home, get in touch with AJP Constructions today.