Ideas for a Sustainable House
You are looking for ideas for a sustainable house because you’ve had enough with the way as we as society do things with any conscious of its colateral effects.
Be happy to know that you are part of a growing trend of people that are aware of what is going on with our planet and are trying to do things differently.
With this growth in consciousness, we are seeing more and more people looking to become more eco-friendly and create a more sustainable world in all aspects of what they do, and one area that we are seeing major advancements is in housing.
Housing is already an area where massive change is needed as the population grows and it becomes increasingly difficult to find affordable housing. By linking this issue up with the need for creating sustainable housing, we are already seeing interesting changes afoot in the world of housing.
Shipping Container Homes
According to shipping container specialists, S J Containers, “Creating a home from shipping containers is an option that is becoming increasingly appealing for more people. Not only do they support sustainable living, but they can also be more affordable than buying a bricks and mortar home, and with the right amount of care and maintenance they can also last for many years.”
A shipping container is essentially a large metal box. It has been designed to be robust and withstand extreme weather conditions and easily stacked. This makes it ideal for designing and creating a new home, at an affordable price and using recycled materials.
Although the concept of prefab housing has been around for years, they are seeing a comeback as a more sustainable way to create housing. A prefab house is designed and built off-site then literally dropped into place. This means that there is less wastage in the construction of your home, making it both more sustainable and more cost-effective than designing and building a new home on site.
There are also many prefab home designers and builders who naturally build in eco-friendly aspects to their homes as they know that this is an important issue for their customers.
Creating more passive homes is a goal that governments are beginning to work towards, but that people who are serious about their environmental impact are increasingly embracing. A passive house is one that uses several energy-efficiency techniques to mean that it is Net Zero – or has no impact on the environment through its energy use.
A passive home uses a range of design principles to make it Net Zero, including high-performance windows and doors, solar panels, making the building airtight, innovative cooling and heating systems, and highly effective insulation.
A passive home is not only great for sustainability and looking after the environment, but it will also save you money in the long run through savings made on your energy bills.
Straw Bale Homes
Straw bale homes are another excellent option for sustainable housing. Instead of straw bales being burned and impacting the environment, they are used as a construction material. Straw bales are structurally robust as well as being a great insulator. The look is rustic, cosy and homely-looking and your straw bale home will have excellent insulating qualities making it more energy-efficient.
Of course, another bonus is that straw is a completely natural material and its insulation properties mean not only that it is kept cool in the summer and warm in the winter, but also that it will be well sound-proofed.
Contrary to what you might believe, straw bale homes have about three-times the burn resistance of a ‘regular’ home.
Rammed Earth Homes
The idea of a home made from tightly packed earth is one that has been around almost as long as humans have been living in homes. They are homes that are made of earth that is packed together within a plywood structure, which is then removed once the earth is ‘set’.
A rammed earth home is very fire resistant as well as pest resistant and completely natural. They can be very energy efficient and packed earth is also a great insulator. The look of a rammed earth home is rustic and homely and it gives a cosy feeling.
Looking after our planet is something that is becoming increasingly important in the world today. The way that we live our lives – including how and where we live – is a major part of this, and this is why we are seeing more and more innovative ideas for sustainable living. With the technology and science that we have today, we can ensure that we are doing as much as we can to reduce our impact on the world and leave the future bright for our children and grandchildren
Sarah Anderson is an emerging freelance writer with a passion for spreading awareness of the environmental issues at hand. When she’s not writing, she can be found either out in the garden or curled up with a book and a mug of earl grey.