Designing and building a more eco-friendly house doesn’t have to be complicated. At Dakea, we’ve compiled a list of tips and considerations for builders and architects to make house designs more eco-friendly and sustainable.
An eco-house is all in the name; it is an environmentally-friendly house that’s designed to have very little impact on the planet.
Eco-homes may be the future because many elements used in ‘standard’ home designs, e.g. burning fossil fuels to power and heat our homes, are one of the leading causes of climate change.
Eco-friendly homes are all about using renewable energy sources, being energy-efficient, and using natural materials.
Eco-homes can vary widely in looks. However, when it comes to the things that make a house more environmentally-friendly, there are generally 3 key elements.
One of the main considerations when building an eco-house is energy-efficiency. Eco-houses hold onto heat better and require less energy to keep warm.Insulation, airtightness, and double or triple glazed windows all play a big part in sustainable designs.
Windows are particularly important, as they are often where a lot of heat escapes and air gets through. Energy efficient roof windows, such as the Dakea Ultima Energy Roof Windows, are ideal for heat insulation. With triple pane glass insulation and heat reflective coatings, these windows help improve the energy efficiency of the house, reducing energy needed to keep it warm.
The glass and coatings used in Ultima Energy windows are specifically selected to bring comfort and safety to the home. This makes it so the house is warm during winter and there is no overheating during summer.
The Better Energy Roof Window range also provides better insulation, ideal for living areas such as bedrooms and home offices. The two-chamber design means less heat is lost in the winter and limits the amount of heat getting inside in the summer.
Find out more about the quality of our windows here.
As well as good insulation, a truly eco-friendly house is one that’s built from natural and sustainably sourced materials.
The best option is to use reclaimed or recycled materials – creating materials from scratch takes much more energy.
Straw bales are often used in eco-house building, as they’re brilliant for insulation. Bamboo, wood and lime are also often used and work well.
Many people opt for reclaimed timber to form the internal features.
Our Conservation Roof Windows includes a beautiful wooden frame and is a simple but efficient way to add light, ventilation and insulation in an attic room or loft conversion.
A renewable electricity supply is also vital for an eco-friendly home. A renewable energy source means energy that is generated from sustainable, 100% renewable sources like wind, sun, and water. It is renewable because it renews itself quickly – time and time again.
Some renewable energy sources include:
Some eco houses generate their own electricity via solar panels on a south-facing roof. If your customer is in a particularly windy area, they can even look into wind power, or if they’re near the beach, tidal power.
It’s most efficient to add a way for the home to generate its own sustainable electricity, but using a provider with 100% renewable energy is a great backup.
A great way of making your house more environmentally-friendly would be to have your roof health checked against leaks or ageing shingles. These potential problems can affect your homes’ heat retention and increase the burning of fossil fuels. For more information regarding this subject, feel free to read our article When to replace a roof today.
At Dakea, we are working with some of the biggest solar manufacturers in order to have flashing kits that work along solar panels on your roof. This means our roof windows can fit either alongside or within a panel of a solar PV installation.
This helps you to not compromise between reducing your energy bills, living sustainably and having a beautiful home.
The biggest benefit of eco-friendly homes is that they lower your environmental impact and carbon footprint. But there are a lot of other advantages to eco-homes. These include:
Building an eco-home from scratch is not always a must, sometimes simple home improvements can make existing homes more sustainable. Here are some eco-friendly home ideas: