Eco-friendly home design has gone far beyond simple energy efficiency – as we improve the energy consumption of our home environment we are increasingly sealing ourselves within a bubble. Innovations in green building materials mean that your home design project could make all the difference to the health of your family, with the added advantage of reducing our impact on the environment….
1. Make a Safe Splash
Looking to decorate your walls with a splash of color? Non-toxic is the way to go to avoid harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which emit gas that could potentially damage your family’s health. The color range of safe paint is just as diverse as other paint categories and certified eco-paint such as Safecoat is also great value and meets all of the highest California Proposition 65 standards.
2. Keep Shaded
With Summer now in full swing, keeping cool at home is top of mind. The U.S. Department of Energy confirms that during warmer days about 76% of sunlight that falls on standard double-pane windows enters to become heat. Earthshade produces custom shades that reduce solar gain, are the lowest emitting roller shades in the world, and are even compostable in your backyard!
3. Healthy Flooring Matters
Choosing the best flooring for your home is a major decision and not finding the balance between durability and visual appeal can make-or-break a home design project. With many flooring options composed of harmful VOCs or which use formaldehyde glues, health at home is also a critical factor. Leaders in non-toxic and sustainable wooden flooring Tesoro, only use Forest Stewardship Council certified wood and are non-VOC. We also have cork and bamboo flooring options available.
4. Go Natural with Insulation
It will not come as a surprise to hear that effective home insulation is a key way to conserving thermal energy. What might raise eyebrows, is that there are eco-conscious brands that go one step further by using sustainable and non-harmful materials such as wool. Havelock offers sheep’s wool as an alternative insulation material which has a high thermal conductivity rating, excellent sound absorption, controls moisture well and is fire resistant.
5. Fresh Air
Sometimes we don’t have control over the air that we breathe, but by going green at home you can make all the difference to indoor air quality and protect your family’s health. Recent research has found that the quality of air in our homes is often 3 to 5 times worse than outdoor air. Austin Air Systems produce air purifiers which effectively filter air for pollution such as mold spores, chemicals, dust mites and other allergens. The filters are also guaranteed for 5 years and we recommend this eco-design to relieve allergies and asthma.
We believe that a thoughtful approach to home design involves considering the environmental and health impacts of the building materials used. Going green has not only become a lifestyle choice, it is an integral way of building a health-conscious home.