Nowadays, homeowners are trying to focus on balancing a healthy lifestyle with an Eco-friendly building, so sustainable home building trends tend to be booming even more. Home designs are getting more and more inspired by incorporating natural elements and green trends, so it is not a surprise that many strive to have a stylish and comfortable home which costs less to run and it is easy to maintain. Here are some of the green housing trends that have completely overpowered Australia’s homeowners.
1. Energy efficient homes
Since we live in a world where we are surrounded by air pollution and gas emissions that are overwhelming us, many people are focusing on building more energy efficient homes. It is noted that heating and cooling accounts for 40% of household energy use, so building and installing solar panels will renew the energy. Also, heating water and lighting consumes 15% of the average household electricity budget, a solar panel will most surely reduce that, but you can also install an outdoor shower that can also be very decorative and sophisticated. Replacing indoor lights with compact LED light will likewise help make your interior more sustainable.
2. Passive design
Passive design is orientated on maintaining a comfortable heating and cooling and its sustainability related to lower energy bills. This type of home trend utilizes natural sources of heating and cooling and reduces the greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve this, the most economical way would be to install window awnings which effectively reduce heat and, since they are made from aluminum they can come in a range of colors making them elegant and stylish as well. Architects also propose the use of light-colored materials, sealing your home, soundproofing it and the use of insulation to increase sustainability.
3. Going green
Lavishing gardens and greeneries give us essential oxygen thus making them a necessary element in the house. By making your home more green you will make your house more ecological and healthy. If you live in an urban area and don't have much space for a garden, a booming trend is to build a green roof or an indoor green wall which improves thermal performance. Also, you can make your own unique balcony garden or go vertically. Vertical gardening is extremely lucrative as well as potted planting which has air-purifying qualities and can uplift energy in your home. Place greenery where possible to achieve that effect, for example, plant a private courtyard or make a grassed driveway.
4. Blending ins and outs
There has been an increasing shift these past few years in combining indoor and outdoor space. Not only can those homes and ambients be absolutely cosmopolitan, but also very resourceful and sustainable. Reconnecting with nature might sound difficult to achieve, but common method implies installing glass sliding doors leading to the outdoors or installing large glass walls instead of plain concrete ones. What is more, placing more furniture outdoors and making a chilling and elegant pergola will certainly spruce up the environment plus bring your house much needed airy feel.
5. Eco enhancements
Focusing on implementing Eco-efficient standards an making your home more sustainable is definitely a challenging task. However, you can start by implementing smaller additions. You can start off by mixing new and recycled materials or create an Eco-friendly facade made out of wood or other natural material. Instead of using heavy materials for your flooring, a more environmental thing would be to reuse or replace your dated floor with any type of natural timber. Next to making it greener, your home would also be filled with character.
6. Water as the green essence
We are all aware that the water is the essence of the life and ecosystem, for the matter, so it would be of utmost importance to sustain it in our household. Australia is one of the driest continents on the planet so it's no wonder that we should strive to preserve it. Firstly, you can reduce the water consumption in your home with reducing laundry use, using efficient shower heads and toilets, but the best thing would be to build a tank or a water pool or well to store rainwater. With rainwater reserved in specially designated tanks, you can reduce your water bills and provide alternative supply water restrictions.
7. Green and healthy characteristics
Having in mind the amount of time we spend in our houses, it makes perfect sense to do everything in our power to ensure that it’s a healthy place to be. You can alter small characteristics in your home to make it more green and sustainable. Consider placing portable charging stations for the telephone or computer, or install electric vehicle charging pots. Another booming Australian trend is the carbon zero housing. Carbon zero built houses have no net annual carbon emission from electricity or direct fuel combustion (burning natural gas) thus making them green and efficient. If that exceeds too much money, you can then build large wooden house beams in your living room. Exposed beam range from rustic to modern and they are a key factor in Eco-friendly design because they harness natural light and channel cool breeze. There is an ongoing shift in home building trend and with a fairly good reason. Since global warming is a daily issue we have to get smarter with our choices and implement better and efficient ways to get comfortable in our house, reduce costs and minimize our environmental footprint.