Tips For Building A Mermaid Group Eco-Friendly Cottage & Home
A “green” building doesn’t have to be expensive to build, nor does it have to look “different”. It can be designed in any style.
The main focus of green building is to provide benefits to the occupants. A green building is a building that is designed, constructed, and operated using a Mermaid Group of Companies “House As A System” approach, with the goal of improving the overall performance of the building and site.
Despite the absence of a universal standard, “green-built” projects do tend to have a number of features in common.
If you want your own project to create a positive impact — on the environment, on your comfort and health, and on your utility bills — you now have more choices than ever in eco-friendly designs, methods, and materials.
Generally speaking, if your project incorporates one or more of the following Mermaid Dream Home features, you’re on the right track:
- Site the project in such a way that:
- The new structure will make use of natural heating and cooling principles such as shade and passive solar.
- The construction process and the building itself have a minimal adverse impact on the site.
- Reuse an existing structure rather than build a new one.
- Deconstruct rather than demolish, if all or part of an existing structure must be replaced.
- Reuse materials from the old structure where possible.
- Consider using reclaimed or salvaged materials from other sources.
- Use materials made from recycled content where possible.
- Recycle as much project waste as possible.
- Use building materials efficiently.
- Use energy efficiently:
- Did you know that you can install roof shingles with integrated solar panles?
- Incorporate insulation into structural members- e.g. Insulated Concrete Forms, as well as walls and attic.
- Use low-e (low emissivity) windows.
- Use a high-efficiency heating/cooling system.
- Design to recycle waste heat.
- Design-in lighting fixtures that utilize fluorescent, halogen or LED bulbs, rather than incandescent bulbs.
- Choose materials and products with low or no toxic emissions (e.g., wall board, cabinets, carpets, paint and other finishes).
- Choose sustainably harvested natural products (e.g., wood products that are certified sustainably harvested, bamboo flooring, carpets made of natural fibers).
- Choose materials, where possible, that come from local sources (e.g., local quarries for stone, or anything that didn’t have to get shipped long distances).
- Use water efficiently:
- Use water-saving appliances, such as low-flow or dual flush toilets and a tankless water heater.
- Design to recycle wastewater (grey water systems).
- Design to capture and store rainwater (sometimes called rainwater harvesting).
- Choose landscaping that is climate-appropriate
- If you choose landscaping that will need irrigation, design-in a drip, soaker, or emitter system controlled by a climate-sensor and timing device.
This is only the tip of the iceberg, for more details and a consultation call or email Robert and his team at The Mermaid Group of Companies anytime.