Global warming and the impact of our behaviours and life habits on the planet are currently at the forefront of everybody’s brains. It seems the movement is taking off on a global scale.
The world’s population are looking to reduce their carbon footprint, whether that is by decreasing plastic use, cutting out meat, or walking to the shops instead of driving.
A great place to start is in the home. Creating an environmentally friendly house is easier than you think, especially moving forward with new developments or renovations.
Today, we look at Alvaston Loft Conversion’s speciality – loft conversions and how to make them eco-friendly.
Firstly, aside from the advantages for the planet, some noticeable and more immediate benefits of an eco-friendly loft conversion include; reduced household bills, less construction waste and a better environment for your wellbeing.
So, how do you create a sustainable house, or more specifically, a green loft conversion?
Eco-Friendly Loft Insulation
Eco loft insulation in sustainable homes is fabricated from natural and, well, sustainable materials.
Examples of insulation in an eco loft conversion include cork and sheep’s wool. Cork and wool are not only better for the environment, but they are just as good, if not better, at holding heat than typical insulation board. Meaning you conserve heat and get to turn the heating down, saving money on bills, and protecting the planet by reducing your carbon footprint.
As well as heat conservation, using greener insulation such as sheep’s wool will reduce your waste. Unlike polystyrene, sheep’s wool is biodegradable, recyclable, and many eco shops in the UK offer ethically sourced loft insulation wool.
Recycled or Sustainable Construction Materials
There are many ways in which you can incorporate recycled or sustainable materials into the build of your new loft extension. The first and most obvious being the re-use of roof tiles.
Re-using your existing tiles is fundamental for an eco-friendly loft conversion. But, in instances when replacing individual tiles is necessary, you can buy recycled tiles or replacement shingles made from recycled materials such as rubber or wood fibre.
There is also the possibility that your loft conversion company could construct the loft extension using sustainable timber. Help to combat the vanishing tree population in your own little way by economically sourcing materials and woods. Start by using reconditioned, recycled or sustainably sourced timber. If you see the Forest Stewardship Council logo or a PEFC certified label on your wood, you can be sure it was sourced in an eco-friendly manner.
The use of timber over brick or concrete also creates a more comfortable environment, as it is a naturally more breathable material and helps to reduce condensation or humidity in the loft.
If you have debated solar panels but didn’t fancy the upheaval or cost, installation during the construction of your new loft conversion could be the ideal time. Your chosen loft conversion company can fit, or outsource, the solar panels as part of your new eco-friendly loft extension. This kills two birds with one stone in terms of disruption to your daily life, but also provides an energy-efficient and sustainable way to impart electricity and hot water to your new loft room or the entire home.
Windows for Natural Light & Heat Conservation
Windows and roof lights in a loft have a huge aesthetic impact on the design of the room, but also, they are great for ensuring an eco-friendly loft conversion.
Installing a few double or triple-glazed windows into the loft allows the natural daylight to flood into your room, diminishing the need to keep your lights on during the day. Once again, this is an excellent hack for helping keep electricity bills low and reducing carbon footprint. The double or triple-glazing acts as insulation and retains your home’s heat, so you don’t have to keep your central heating running unnecessarily. In contrast, on the rare occasion, we have a hot summer, you won’t need to pull out a barrage of electric fans. A few openable windows will keep your room cool and encourage an environmentally friendly home throughout the summer!
Eco-Friendly Fixtures and Fittings
Running an eco-friendly house does not stop after a sustainable build; there are so many ways you can keep a green home going. From upcycled furniture, low energy LED bulbs, and water-saving features for showers or toilet fixtures; there are many big and small ways to keep your home environmentally friendly and take care of our planet!