eco friendly design tips

4 Eco-Friendly Design Tips for Your Next Home Improvement

The Covid-19 Pandemic has given a new meaning to life at home and transformed the way we live, work and play making people search for eco friendly design tips.

Having been through many Government lockdowns and “stay at home” orders, the need for personal space has never been greater.

With the rise of home offices and more bedrooms, comes an increase in environmental impact and energy bills.

As we move towards a lower-carbon world, it’s important to take the initiative to ensure your property is efficient.

If you’re looking to extend, build a “passive house” or do any sort of renovation, this article is for you.

I’ll cover 4 eco friendly design tips to make your house more sustainable and reduce energy bills.

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Use of green colour pallet (Image: Unsplash library)

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How The Use of Homes Have Changed Since Covid-19?

4 Eco Friendly Design Tips for a Sustainable Extension or New Build

Thermally Insulating Windows and Doors

Recycle and Reuse Water

Solar Powered

Energy Efficient Lighting

Conclusion

How The Use of Homes Have Changed Since Covid-19?

In March 2020, the spread of Covid-19 shocked the world as cases sent most countries into major lockdowns.

Companies had to migrate their systems to support remote working.

Many people didn’t have the setup to work remotely including office space, meeting rooms or comfortable furniture causing chaos and uncertainty.

Fast forward 2 years and the majority of people still work from home, having felt their need for space and a comfortable working or living environment.

So how do you achieve more space?

Home extensions or loft, dormer conversions are a common way to add more space and improve the value of your house.

Or maybe you’re looking to generate income (with lodgers), fancy a nice office or walk-in closet in the loft.

Whatever it is, you have to think about the economic and environmental impact of your development.

Here are 4 eco friendly design tips to ensure your home extension or new build is more energy efficient.

4 Eco Friendly Design Tips for a Sustainable Extension or New Build

1. Thermally Insulating Windows and Doors

At the heart and soul eco friendly design tips and sustainability is the Thermal Insulation of windows and doors.

The ability to trap and control the flow of heat makes all the difference between your need for more or less energy.

Having well-glazed doors and windows, designed to capture the heat of the sun (at varying times of the year) will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer, thus reducing the need for heating or air conditioning.

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Glass Doors And Windows Styles (Image: Love Propertyng library)

2. Recycle and Reuse Water

71% of our planet is made up of water, with freshwater constituting just 2.5% (97%+ being saltwater).

Needless to say, there’s not an abundant supply of fresh water, so it’s necessary to be efficient.

Did you know there are now systems to recycle and reuse domestic wastewater?

Grey Water Recycling Systems can help recycle domestic wastewater for sanitary, gardening, laundry or other purposes.

3. Solar Powered

By far the most common idea when talking about sustainability and eco friendly design tips is the use of Solar Power.

Solar Panels or Solar Roofs can be a great addition to your home and reduce some of the dependency on the electric grid.

Depending on where you live and your energy needs, your house could produce more energy than it uses.

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Solar Roof Panel (Image: Unsplash library)

4. Energy Efficient Lighting

In recent years, the use of energy-efficient lighting has become widespread as people are more aware of reducing energy bills.

Fluorescent light bulbs can be replaced with LED or CFL bulbs as they offer longer life, greater energy efficiency and fewer toxic metals. 

They also don’t need to be replaced as often as regular, old fashioned light bulbs, win-win situation.

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CFL Bulds Example (Image: Unsplash library)

Conclusion

In this article, we explored eco friendly design tips, the need for sustainable home design and 4 simple ways to implement it.

Eco-Friendly is a choice and one that will benefit our children and generations beyond.

I hope this article inspires you to be considerate of your home design choices to support this fabulous planet we live on.

If you liked this article and want to learn more about me or my company WindsorPatania Architects please get in touch via our website www.windsorpatania.com.

Originally published in IQ Magazine | March Edition 2022 (Page 10)

Giovanni Patania

Giovanni Patania

(Architect Director, Co-Founder) Giovanni Patania is the Lead Architect and Co-Founder at WindsorPatania Architects. Originally from Siena, Italy, Giovanni worked as a Project Lead Architect at Foster+ Partners, designing Apple stores across the world, An Investor himself, Giovanni understands property thoroughly, both from an investor's perspective and technically, as an Architect. With over 15 years of Architecture experience, working on over 150+ Projects, Giovanni has the expertise and credentials to help you on your journey.

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