Sustainable construction techniques have become more important than ever in the last few years. When you’re working in the construction industry, using sustainable methods reflects well on your quality of work and reputation. As a homeowner, choosing sustainable solutions can save you money and improve the energy-efficiency of your property. There are various techniques used to construct sustainable buildings; let’s take a look in more detail.
1. Solar cladding
Solar cladding is designed to retain heat throughout the winter time. Energy from the sun is stored inside the cladding, then moved around the property. Solar cladding functions by using solar cells to reduce the property’s carbon footprint. This type of cladding is also useful for it’s thermal and noise reduction capabilities.
2. Electrochromic glass
The electrochromic glass automatically changes from transparent to opaque, depending on electrical current or UV light. The glass works by decreasing the heat load, meaning that the property does not need a large HVAC system. Due to this, associated costs are reduced. Electrochromic glass conserves energy and it’s more durable than conventional glass, with a lifespan of at least 40 years.
3. Green roofs
Green roofs are covered with vegetation, including bushes, flowers, and plants. There are several benefits to having a green roof, such as improving the quality of the air and decreasing heating and cooling expenses. A green roof requires vegetation, crushed aggregate, and proper drainage. It’s also important that a green roof is maintained properly, to keep it in good working condition. Individuals will need to prioritize the maintenance of their green roof or speak to their HOA management company. To ensure the adequate maintenance of your property, it’s essential to choose a reputable HOA company.
4. Sustainable materials
Using sustainable materials should be a big priority in the construction industry, and there are several options to choose from. One popular sustainable material is ‘timbercrete.’ It’s made using a combination of concrete and sawdust. Timbercrete weighs less than concrete, and uses sawdust which would have otherwise gone to waste. Ferrock is another useful material for sustainable construction. It’s made from steel dust and various other recycled materials. In appearance, Ferrock looks like concrete, but it’s stronger. It’s a carbon-neutral material that seals CO2 when it dries. Other popular sustainable materials include rammed earth and bamboo.
5. Passive solar
When we talk about passive solar design, we mean using the sun for heating and cooling. Sustainable homes are designed with materials that can transmit, absorb, or reflect radiation. Passive solar properties have several important design elements. Firstly, these properties should have a large area of glass that allows sunlight to shine through. There should be objects to absorb the sunlight, for example, a masonry wall or water container. The third design element involves distribution, referring to the way that the heat is moved around the property. Over the last several years, the passive solar design has greatly increased in popularity. To create a greener home, the passive solar design is the way forward.