Some time back, eco-friendly homes were considered to be a costly affair and no one wanted to indulge into it, but today when people are getting educated about its sustainable features and specifications, they want such homes. As per Mr. H C Sharatchandra, who is an environmentalist and the former chairman of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, say that opting for eco-friendly home is a good option and now you can build a 3000 square feet independent home for Rs 65 lakh itself. He says that this is possible as they have already built such homes in the past.
- Use the bricks that are soil-stabilized and made from soil that has been dug up when laying foundation.
- Wood work can be done using a mix of 70% waste wood and 30% waste plastic.
- Water treatment plants for the waste water from kitchen, washing machine and bath.
- Start a kitchen garden that can be irrigated by recycled water and nurtured from the kitchen waste.
- Save rain water by installing rain water harvesting model.
- Use cork flooring, as it’s easy to clean and insulates house against sound and temperature. Apparently, you can also use bamboo flooring, as it’s resistant to fire, insects and decomposition.
- Use LED lighting for the whole house, as it not only gives good lighting but also saves on your electricity bills. Good thing is that LEDs comes for a long time, when compared to other kind of illumination.
- Windows has to be properly planned and placed when constructing green homes as this will help in preventing heat from entering during peak hours. The glass used for the windows should have reflective metallic coating that prevents transmission of heat and UV rays. Another option is having space for skylight. This helps get natural sunlight in the early morning hours.