Sustainable Building & Eco-Friendly Homes
Sustainable and eco-friendly building aims to reduce the impact
of human occupation on natural zones, increase efficiency in
domestic use of resources and improve occupants' quality of life.
At the core of that concept are the building materials.
Does sustainable building create durable
The combination of naturally-occurring materials like mud and
straw may seem unlikely to resist erosion by wind and rain, but the
construction has proven enduringly robust even for buildings of
ambitious scale. The durability of timber construction owes much to
its users' skill and preventative treatment, though harsh chemicals
are at odds with the thinking behind sustainable building.
What features and materials are found in sustainable
Sustainable building doesn't restrict architectural ideas but
attempts to benefit by natural ambient light, heat and rainwater
rather than simply repelling the elements as masonry does. Wood is
the obvious sustainable material but others are favoured, including
wattle & daub, cob, straw bale, earthen plasters, thatch,
bamboo and many more. Ideally these will always be sourced local to
their use, also giving distinctive regional style to the
Is sustainable building expensive?
Affordability is central to sustainability; if the construction
isn't affordable, the concept won't endure. This relates equally to
the cost to the planet as to the financial bottom line, but it's
surprising how often the green choice is cheaper than, for
instance, materials which must be sourced remotely or mined then
shipped at great expense. Materials offering advantageous thermal
insulation are intrinsic to sustainable building, and will mean
reduced long-term energy consumption and bills. Some sustainable
materials are effectively free.
Eco building demonstrates wide-ranging choices by the architect
and builder to avoid the conventional upheaval and scarring of
landscapes for human occupation. The effect is impressive and
persuasive, and likely to benefit from ongoing government