Building an Eco House
As we all become more aware of climate change and rising fuel prices, the need to take care of ourselves and the planet suddenly merge into one. If you are considering purchasing a piece of land or building on a plot that you already own, now is the time to consider building an eco-house. Not only will you have a more sustainable property, which can be as modern or traditional as you wish, but with various grants available, there has never been a better time to construct your eco home.
There are many resources and it is necessary to contact them all to see what could be available for your build. Also discussing your requirements with a company such as the EcoHouse Group will be of enormous help.
The Energy Savings Trust has a lot of information with regards to grants that are currently on offer, plus any alternative funding options that might suit. Speak to your local council as they may well be able to offer financial assistance towards insulation in the cavity walls and loft. There are also grants available from the ‘Low Carbon Buildings Programme’ for any green technologies, although whether this is more beneficial than the current government run schemes depends on your individual requirements.
Building Your Eco House
There are many different materials available including oak timber framing and panels such as SIPS ( structural insulated panels) and ICF ( insulated concrete formwork ), all of which supply a high degree of insulation, again discussions with the EcoHouse Group will be of enormous help in choosing which is best for your particular design ideas.
Then you will need to decide which eco features you would like incorporated and will fit into your budget, such as a green roof which will keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter, while greatly reducing carbon emissions, to rainwater harvesting and bio thermal and geothermal heating systems and boilers. EcoHouse Group will be able to explain all the available options and the costs involved.
These will speak for themselves, because as utility bills continue to rise, you will be confident that your expenses will be reduced due to the eco technology that will be built into your house. Also the benefits of being virtually self-sufficient ensure that you and your family will have a home to be proud of for many years to come.
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