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Eco-friendly: home renewable energy and green materials


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Concrete is the lifeblood of the urban city areas. Everything from the buildings to the city infrastructure
has been built using this spectacular material. However, with the recent rise in the climate change
awareness, other more eco-friendly construction materials are slowly replacing concrete. But not just
building materials; even green energy systems are replacing the traditional ones.

Yes, today, you can build an entire house with green materials and rely only on renewable energy. So,
let’s check out some of the most popular home green energy solutions, as well as look at some of those
eco-friendly construction materials, in case you are planning to implement them in your own home.

Home renewable energy solutions


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Even though green energy systems have been around for a long time now, it wasn’t until the last decade
or so that we started to see their wider implementation. At the beginning, renewable energy solutions
were far from cost-effective. In fact, they were expensive to install and required regular maintenance,
which was expensive as well. However, today, things are quite different. We have many different green
energy solutions, but the two most popular ones are solar panels and residential windmills.

Solar power is by far the most popular renewable energy source. Solar energy can be harnessed in a
couple of ways in your home, the most widespread choice being solar panels. Installing just a couple of
them on the roof of your house will help you reduce your energy bill while leaving a smaller carbon
footprint. Take the state of Arizona for example. Arizona is one of the solar leaders in the U.S., in both
residential and commercial solar power use. Homeowners from every part of Arizona are installing solar
energy systems with the help of the federal and state tax credits. Arizona plans to expand their solar
energy production to 15% of the state’s total by 2025. So, if you are from that area, make sure to
contribute to that goal.

Next, we have residential windmills. When talking about harnessing wind energy, most people think
about those massive windmill farms in Australia. However, even smaller residential ones are perfectly
capable of supplying energy to your house while being eco-friendly and cost-effective. The best part, if
you live in a particularly windy area like the above-mentioned Australia, windmills will offer you a much
more reliable and consistent energy output than solar panels ever could.

Eco-friendly building material

Now, let’s talk about those green construction materials. But before you start building, you will need to
inspect and clean your house of hazardous materials like asbestos, especially if your house is built pre

For example, asbestos is found in almost every Brisbane home that was built between World War II and
the early 2000s. The asbestos removal in Brisbane has especially ramped up in the last couple of years
when homeowners realised how bad for them and the environment this material really is. So, make sure
your house is asbestos-free before you implement any eco-friendly solution from this list.


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If your house is affected by asbestos, then that means you will be doing some renovations around your
home. This is the perfect opportunity to make use of green construction materials.

Bamboo is an incredibly durable and eco-friendly material. In Asia, this material is used a lot in
construction; they even build entire homes out of it. Bamboo’s finest characteristic is that it grows
quickly. Unlike oak forests (which take decades to grow), bamboo is easily replanted and reforested.
Plus, it looks fantastic.



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Finally, if you are planning to strengthen your insulation, consider using sheep’s wool. Furthermore, it
offers a much better insulation than standard glass wool that you will find in-between most walls.

Switching to these green energy solutions and building materials is extremely important for the future of
our environment. But if that wasn’t enough, these environmentally-friendly solutions usually come with
some added benefits like reduced energy bills, stronger insulation, and so on. So, maybe the next time
you do some work around your house consider implementing some of them.


Will Sandford is a Sydney based wood architect, blogger and contributor on interior design and ecology blogs. Besides that, he is also interested in home improvement combined with green technology. In his spare time, Will enjoys surfing and rock climbing. He is a regular contributor to SmoothDecorator website.

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Sustainable home projects around the world

Written by,  Sophie Andersen

As modern human beings, we always fret and worry about getting our money’s worth, even though there is a price that can’t possibly be measured in dollars, pounds, or any other currency known to man.

By this, of course, I mean the price of the toll that constructing a house can have upon the environment.

An increasing number of people are looking to help the environment by minimizing the impact their homes make on our planet. You need to remain aware, however, of the fact that outfitting your home with sustainable technology doesn’t have to mean more investment, at least not in the long term.

We’ve outlined a few examples of sustainable homes, as well as some advice on maintaining them:

ZEB Pilot House

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From an internationally-based architecture company, Snøhetta, comes an interesting experimental house equipped with solar panels, which generate as much as up to three times the amount of energy necessary for running. Everything, from a large photovoltaic array, to a rainwater collection system, to an efficient heat exchanger – this house has it all, when it comes to sustainability.

Waste House

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At the University of Brighton, UK, lies a sustainable house built almost entirely from discarded waste. These items, however, do not only incorporate your usual materials like brick, wood and ceramics, but waste such as 20,000 toothbrushes, 2,000 floppy disks, 4,000 DVD cases, and 2,000 used carpet tiles. They haven’t, in essence, let anything go to waste.

Richardson Apartments

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San Francisco has always been America’s first go-to place when it comes to progressiveness and eco-friendliness. Despite its modern look and updated technology, this apartment building is actually a low-income housing project.

Shipping Container Homes

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As an example of this impressive type of a home, we’ve chosen a prominent Dallas house built from 14 shipping containers.  Totaling 3,700 square feet, this home offers 1,000 square feet on the ground floor, while inspiring a rich look of taste and class. An inspiring idea, plenty of shipping container homes use Royal Wolf as a main supplier for the containers.

Running and Maintenance Tips

Opt for a Clothesline

While you can’t exactly make things work without a refrigerator, its main competitor when it comes to power consumption, the energy-guzzling dryer, certainly can be excluded from your list of necessary home appliances. Simply buy a pulley kit at your local hardware store, or go DIY and make one for yourself and enjoy a clear conscience.

Tubular Skylight

It is most likely that you will have a dark place in one area of the house, no matter if it’s a hallway, a bathroom, or your garage. If used frequently, these parts of a home tend to guzzle energy, not to mention work up that electricity bill. This is where a tubular skylight can do wonders for you – It will provide you with something like a wall lamp, which requires no energy whatsoever, seeing as how it depends on sunlight as a sole mean of providing illumination.

Insulate Hot-Water Pipes

This will reduce the need for over-using a boiler and help you conserve energy, helping the environment as well as keeping your pockets turned the right side in.

There are plenty of eco-friendly, sustainable home ideas out there, which pay compliments both to the environment as well as to your finances. The myth that eco-friendly homes have to be expensive is a busted one.

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