The Environmentally Friendly House

 

By Carroll Colette J. Yorgey

An environmentally-friendly house blends into the environment through design, style, and looks; and incorporates all elements of good green technology. You can remodel your current home to make it more environmentally friendly or you can start from scratch and build a completely environmentally friendly home.

The environmentally-friendly house will use green technology in the following building areas:

1) Windows

2) Heat

3) Insulation

4) Roofs

5) Energy

6) Building materials

7) Water

8) Landscaping

9) Construction

10) Appliances

11) The cellar

Windows

Windows should be chosen for their heat and cold retaining elements. They should be also placed in ways that provide passive solar energy.

Heat

Passive solar energy and solar panels should be used for heating the home. This is the greenest technology
available for heating the home. Heat pumps are also good for heating and cooling the environmentally friendly home.

Insulation

Insulation provides for easier ways to cool and heat the home. Insulation should be made of non-chemical
materials.

Roofs

Roofs should be slanted to provide easier snow and water run-off. They should be built according to passive solar principles in order to bring in the greatest amount of natural sunlight for solar energy.

Energy

The main energy source should be the sun and passive solar energy technology should be applied to provide for the greatest amount of natural, green energy available. You can back this up with your own personal windmill.

Building Materials

All building materials should be environmentally-friendly. Log homes are considered the most environmentally-friendly since if they are built properly they will not use chemicals or sealants that
emit dangerous fumes into the air. They also blend well into the natural environment.

However there should be one consideration when building a log home – make sure the trees you are using are replanted so that there is a replacement of trees to keep up the carbon dioxide removal and stop any sort of erosion caused by the removal of trees.

Water

Water should be supplied by a well and backed up by a cistern. Rainwater can provide a percentage of water used in gardening, washing of clothes, and other water chores. Water can be heated through the use of a solar collector.

Landscaping

Landscaping for your new environmentally-friendly home is extremely important. Trees should be placed in the proper location to provide shade in the summer and reduce air cooling costs. Also, the correct trees should be planted — those that use up the most carbon dioxide.

Also landscaping should provide for the garden which will be the source of home-grown organic foods. Each yard could consist of three fruit trees and a few pine trees. The fruit trees will provide organic fruits for the winter. The pine trees will suck up the most carbon dioxide and refresh the air.

Proper mulching and composting of the soil should also be an option and when building the environmentally-friendly home you can immediately include your plans for the garden. Grass is not necessary and instead the lawn should be planted with plants that attract good insects such as bees and butterflies. If planted properly you won’t have to be mowing lawns or spraying them with chemicals.

Construction

The environmentally-friendly house should be constructed by an able construction crew that is experienced at building an environmentally friendly house. Passive solar energy techniques should be applied throughout the building of the house and only those experienced in this type of building should be hired.

Before even beginning construction the house should be designed to complete passive solar energy
specifications by a trained passive solar energy architect. Designing this type of house is technologically very precise and based on measurements that embrace the positions of the sun during seasons and times of the day. It is not unlike charting the course of the seas for the captain of a ship.

Appliances

All appliances should be energy efficient. They should be energy star appliances or appliances powered
totally by solar energy.

The Cellar

The root cellar should be part of every environmentally-friendly house. This can be built within the house when building the foundation or it can be built a distance from the house. It will provide a natural cool place for the harvesting of your organic fruits and vegetables. Cool pantries should also be built into the
environmentally friendly house.

In conclusion, the environmentally-friendly house is an artistic and technological achievement. If you are good at building and construction and feel you can tackle building an environmentally-friendly house on
your own, this is the best way to go in the long run. You will save money and also save the environment.

Copyright © 2018 Carroll Colette J. Yorgey. Edited and used with her permission. Image added by Zebulon Goertzel.