Are you wondering what eco friendly architects do? They design eco friendly houses. These houses are not only environmentally friendly and energy saving, they are also good to look at.
How to Design an Eco Friendly House
You should design a house such that it’s situated in an area where it’s able to take full advantage of light. You should place the house in an area that is protected from the elements that might damage the house. As an architect you need to consider the direction and slope of the roof that will accommodate the solar panels.
To provide shade from intense summer sun you should design the house to have wide eaves to overhang the walls. To shelter the home from storms and chill you should ensure that the walls are thick and have fewer windows.
When planning the house ensure that you evaluate typical runoff, grade and soil type. You should use the roof to collect rainwater. When it comes to landscaping you should use material that is draught-resistant. This to save the water that would be spent on irrigation.
To ensure that there’s plenty of light in the house you should design interior spaces around adjacent terraces or sheltered courtyard. You should also factor day lighting into interior wall placement and windows.
To save on air conditioning you should take advantage of the airflow in the house. If possible you should design the house in such a way that you won’t use the air conditioning.
You should use local materials in order to avoid incurring transportation energy costs. You should aim at getting supplies from sustainable sources such as wood that has been certified by the forest Stewardship council.
If you have to use any other material you should ensure that isn’t made from toxic products. When it comes to insulation you should insulate your house with tech-forward products such as rolls of recycled blue jeans.
The door and windows should be energy efficient. Kitchen appliances, water heaters and bathroom fixtures should also be energy efficient. If your client is planning of having a swimming pool, you should consider a natural outdoor pool.
This is how you should design an eco friendly house. Even though it’s recommended that you use eco friendly products such as recycled products, you shouldn’t use low quality materials. This is to ensure that the house lasts for a long time. Using high quality materials also ensures that the house looks elegant.