What Is An Eco Friendly Home?

When it comes to building a home, one area to take into consideration, is how eco-friendly the property is going to be. An eco-friendly home, is one that is built with the idea of having a low impact and limiting damage to the environment. By having low carbon emissions and being self sufficient wherever possible in terms of heat and power, then the environment will benefit.

Eco friendly homes are built from materials that are better insulated to keep cold out and heat in (SIPS – Structural Insulated Panels being a prime example of this (learn more here). Traditional building materials have focused on strength or speed of build, whereas modern structures incorporate these alongside methods of lowering the structures carbon impact.

Why Build An Eco Friendly Home?

Some of the main reasons to build an eco friendly home include:

  • Cost - one huge benefit of having an eco friendly home, is that it will help you to reduce the costs of bills. With rising energy costs this is one way to help avoid the sting of that. If you combine excellent insulation such as SIPs with methods of self powering the building such as photovoltaic can really drive down your energy costs. If you also generate more than you use from these, and put power into the national grid you qualify for rebates, which means eventually they pay for themselves.
  • Carbon Impact - eco friendly home building materials like SIPs help you to reduce the impact your home has on the environment. Being better insulated helps to cut out the heat required by fires and boilers, combining this with renewable energy sources like solar and wind help you to make a difference to the environment.
  • Materials - using SIPs as a building material not only makes your home eco-friendly, but also  the construction process. This is because they have less of a time and mess impact due to the simplicity of putting the materials together as they are manufactured off site and transported to the area ready for assembly. This means damage to the surrounding area is significantly less than a new build with traditional materials.

Eco Friendly Homes Vs. Traditional Homes

Overall when it comes to choosing your next home you need to weigh up the advantages of both methods and consider the fact that when you build an eco-friendly home from scratch you can build it to any design that you wish; whilst also having long term savings. When you buy an existing house you will have to add the personal touches to someone else’s work and then also factor in that it may not be in the best terms in terms of energy efficiency and heat efficiency!

SIPs from Clays, are the ideal material to start building your eco friendly home project, they are as strong as traditional building materials with much better insulating properties, get in touch today.