What is and how to design a green house

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As part of a more sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle, the design and construction of green homes has become increasingly popular. These homes not only minimize their environmental impact, but also offer benefits such as energy efficiency, thermal comfort and indoor air quality. But what is a green home and how can you design one? At Constructora Viñas we will explore these topics.

What is a green home?

An ecological house, also known as a sustainable or green house, is designed to be efficient in the use of natural resources during its construction, operation and eventual demolition. These homes focus on aspects such as energy efficiency, use of renewable materials and waste reduction. The main objective is to minimize the overall environmental impact without compromising the quality of life of its inhabitants.

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Design principles

Energy Efficiency

One of the fundamental pillars of a green house is its energy efficiency. This involves using materials and technologies that reduce energy consumption in both heating and cooling and lighting. Typical features include good insulation, energy-efficient windows, and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems.

Use of sustainable materials

The use of renewable and recycled materials is essential in green home construction. This can include certified wood, eco-friendly bricks, natural insulators such as sheep wool or recycled cellulose, among others. The idea is to reduce the carbon footprint associated with the extraction and processing of building materials.

Water management

Another key aspect is efficient water management. This involves rainwater harvesting systems, low-flow faucets, and landscaping that requires less irrigation. Reuse of gray water for non-potable uses is also common in green homes.

Indoor air quality

A green home should promote good indoor air quality. This is achieved through the use of non-toxic materials in construction and the design of efficient ventilation systems that adequately renew the air.

Tips for designing a green home

Green home design should take into account solar orientation, cross-ventilation, and optimization of natural light. For example, locating living and working areas in naturally well-lit areas can reduce the need for artificial lighting during the day.

  • Detailed planning: Before construction begins, it is crucial to conduct a detailed design that includes all the green aspects you wish to implement. This will ensure that sustainability principles are effectively incorporated.
  • Select appropriate materials: research and choose building materials that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. Look for certifications that back up manufacturers’ claims about the eco-efficiency of their products.
  • Energy efficiency: incorporate renewable energy systems such as solar panels or geothermal energy systems to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
  • Consider the life cycle: evaluate the environmental impact throughout the life cycle of the house, from the extraction of raw materials to eventual demolition. Prioritize durability and recyclability of materials.
  • Consult professionals: work with architects and builders who specialize in green design. Their expertise will be key to ensuring that sustainability standards are met.

Designing and building a green home is a commitment to the environment and human well-being. By following sustainable design principles and using innovative technologies, we can create living spaces that minimize environmental impact and promote a more conscious lifestyle. If you are considering building a home, we can help you incorporate green elements into your design to make a positive contribution to the planet. Contact us!

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