ustainability and the need for eco-conscious buildings are likely to be more important than ever. We are seeing the problems caused by waste and inefficiencies in construction; those that can design and create buildings sustainably are likely to be those who see increasing success in the industry.
Eco-friendly construction isn’t just about the type of materials used, it goes into maximising everything around you. We can see the success many buildings have had in maximising heat flow, light and passive energy just with how the building is laid out and designed.
Building positioning will become more of a leading thought when designing a building. Ensuring the building is positioned and designed to utilise the surrounding environment can mean energy bills and costs are significantly reduced.
We are also likely to see an increased pressure on the type of materials used. Non-environmentally friendly materials are likely to less desirable and people are going to want to know more about where the materials are sourced from and if it is sustainable. This is something we have always taken pride in with our timber, and all our materials meet the highest standards in responsible sourcing and trading.
So how can a building become more environmentally friendly?
One of the most effective ways any home or commercial building can become more environmentally friendly is through increasing levels of insulation.
The cost of heating a home is a big expense financially as well as on the environment. Being able to reduce energy costs is one of the best ways construction projects can become more environmentally conscious.
Architects and designers are becoming more creative in ways to insulate buildings and often natural materials can provide some of the most sustainable and efficient insulation.
- Rethinking Energy
As more renewable energy becomes available domestically, such as solar panels, as well as energy saving technologies such dual flush toilets, there are opportunities to make saving on the amount of energy and resources a home requires.
Eco-homes are setting the trend for demonstrating just how much energy can be saved when you make the effort.
Being able to create energy through solar, wind, hydro, or even biomass is an effective way to create a building that is self-sufficient and Eco-friendlier.
- Passive Solar Building Design
Architects and designers can often create buildings that are better suited to utilise energy and natural light. Instead of relying on insulation or renewable energy, architects can often create buildings that utilise the surroundings better. In a passive solar building, the windows, walls, and roof are designed to absorb and distribute heat in the winter and reject heat in the summer. This creates a building that is adapted to the surrounding environment and thus needs less artificial heating/cooling.
To create such a building involves a very scientific approach of looking at the surrounding environment and strategically placing windows in certain places, using specific insulation and designing rooms that allow heat to be utilised.
- Material Efficiency
Using materials efficiently and reducing waste and carbon footprints is a good way to ensure a building project is environmentally conscious.
This doesn’t mean you have to use recycled materials, instead it means you need to be aware and conscious of any materials you are using.
Sometimes it requires a balance between materials and energy efficiency. Old materials may not be as energy efficient so you need to ensure the materials used can help reduce energy usage.
- Rainwater Harvesting
Being able to utilise rainwater in a country like the UK makes a lot of sense. The UK wastes a lot of water and as buildings install rainwater harvesting systems, it means buildings can control and use water more effectively.
These types of water systems are often more efficient at heating water too. They can heat only the water that is used rather than heating the whole tank which saves on energy needed for heating.
It’s clear to see the role construction has in the future of sustainable and eco-friendly buildings. As building projects continue to innovate and test new ideas, the opportunities to make even more environmental savings is apparent.
If you’re looking to take on a building project or simply want to learn more about how you can ensure your building is more environmentally conscious, then get in touch with our experts today!