When it comes to building a new home, many people are considering how their project will affect the environment. With studies showing that one fifth of greenhouse gases produced in Australia come from domestic households, it’s a crucial aspect to consider – especially as protecting our environment becomes more important than ever.
The good news is that in 2021 there are an array of techniques and materials that make building an eco-friendly home easy and affordable. As the Yarra Valley’s bespoke home building specialist, we’re well-acquainted with this type of building and work closely with eco-friendly building designers to design and build homes our clients love. We’ve compiled our top five reasons to build an eco-friendly home in our local region and beyond – keep reading to discover what they are.
1. Lower energy bills
While eco-friendly homes may cost a little more upfront to build, it’s likely that you’ll save money in the long run. With inclusions like solar panels, rainwater tanks and double-glazed windows and skylights, your reliance on artificial heating and cooling sources will be reduced, as will your usage of tap water and non-renewable electricity.
These reductions will translate to lower energy bills throughout the year, and you’ll quickly recoup any additional costs spent on building your eco-friendly home.
2. A healthier indoor environment
Eco-friendly homes are generally built from sustainable materials including reclaimed timber, bamboo and concrete. These recycled and low-impact materials reduce landfill and are a great alternative to engineered materials. In addition to this, eco-friendly home builders will pay close attention to details like air flow, orientation and exposure to natural light to ensure your home supports healthy living.
With regular access to fresh air and passive heating from natural light, you’ll quickly forget your previous reliance on artificial heating and fans – you may find yourself feeling happier and healthier in an eco-friendly home, especially when you pair these materials with low VOC paints.
3. Low maintenance
Eco-friendly homes are built from sustainable materials that are generally highly durable and require little to no maintenance. This means you won’t need to spend money on renovations or upkeep for many years after your home has been completed. As the emphasis is on minimising your carbon footprint and impact on surrounding environment, the less maintenance required, the better.
4. Increase the value of your home
We’re seeing more and more homeowners choosing homes that combine functionality and eco-friendly design. As we all become more aware of our impact on the environment, we expect this will only continue to grow.
If you’re considering selling down the line, an eco-friendly home is more likely to be sought-after than one that does not include sustainable features. The eco-friendly aspects of your home will add value to your home, helping you achieve a better return on your investment.
5. Do your bit for the environment
While we’ve already mentioned that eco-friendly homes draw on materials and design solutions that lessen their impact on the environment, this impact extends beyond our homes. By opting for an eco-friendly home, you’ll be part of the movement that sees more builders embrace eco-friendly building techniques and invest in sustainable solutions. It’s one of the many ways you can do your bit for the planet.
Looking to build a functional home with an experienced and highly-skilled eco-friendly builder? Get in touch with the Yarra Valley’s bespoke home building specialist today.