How to make a home more natural and ecological, that can be in harmony with the surrounding environment? It is not difficult, just first of all pay attention to the choice of materials. The wood and the stone, for example, are natural elements that can be used both in architectural design and for decorating.
Very important, it will then open the house to nature through large windows, to create a continuum between inside and outside. This arrangement i will also allow you to let in more natural light and reduce energy consumption. Staying on the theme of reduction of fuel consumption – and consequently costs – of energy, the installation on the roof of photovoltaic panels for collecting of solar energy can be a way to make more sustainable our home, creating clean energy. But the roof in the house, can also be used in other ways: as in the case of the green roof, entirely covered with a carpet of grass, it can make the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This is of course only some of the practical measures that could be worth to introduce in order to give life to a building’s eco-friendly discover with other useful ideas in this Book of Ideas!
1. The solar roof, for cleaner energy
The installation of photovoltaic panels on the roof allows you to obtain clean energy to be used for the different daily activities, starting from the heating of the water, a voice which is generally considerable in the electricity bill. This technology has also the great advantage of storing the excess energy for later use.
2. More natural wood
Let’s face it, it is difficult to resist the charm of the wood, one of the materials par excellence, used and worked by mankind since the beginning of time. Whatever the style of our home, the wood will give class and elegance, as well as heat, as we see in this refined and modern proposal for RIVA 1920!
Stone is a natural element that are worth taking into consideration, not only in the architectural design of the house, but also for example for floors: it will help to add to our house an austere and timeless. Also, it is easy to tender clean, simply with water without the addition of specific detergents. And if we are afraid that in the winter the floors can be too cold, we could line them with soft (and natural) wool carpets, to make the house even more welcoming.
4. More green and nature into the home
The green is, of course, a fundamental element of the ecological house, that can be used in different ways. The primary solution is to distribute in the various rooms pots with plants, shrubs, and flowers. In addition to a regal a striking touch of colour, the plants will also help to regenerate purify the air: for this reason, the council is of them-especially in environments characterized usually by narrow dimensions and the atmosphere vitiated, as for example the bathroom.
An idea of the great effect it may also be the one to make a striking wall, vertical green, to decorate with originality the input, rather than stay, as we see in this example.
5. The green roof, in order to fight pollution
The green roof is a technology that is very old – dating back even to babylonian times – and can be defined with a number of other terms, such as roof garden, rather than eco-roof, or vegetation cover. The terrace with garden, for example, has characterized the modern architecture: Le Corbusier considered it as one of the five key points of the new architecture.
The green roof has many advantages:
– helps to reduce pollution and improve the air quality in cities;
– helps counteract the effect of heat islands in cities;
– improves the thermal and acoustic insulation of the building;
– facilitates the disposal of stormwater and decreases the chance of flooding;
– maintains a constant internal temperature, reducing the energy consumption;
– increases biodiversity, attracting birds and butterflies.
However, to avoid annoying side effects, such as, for example, infiltration of water inside it, it is advisable to professional gardeners, able to carefully prepare the surface of the roof.
6. Less air conditioning to reduce the consumption of electrical energy
The air conditioning is certainly an optional extra of great benefit – for many even the essential – which also contributes to increase the value of an apartment. However, if we have the goal to create a house eco-sustainable, we should give it up. Or at least, use it sparingly. The air-conditioning systems in fact involve a high energy consumption, with consequent damage to the environment and, of course, also our bills! A valid alternative could be to use ceiling fans to keep cool in summer and fireplaces for warm atmosphere in the winter: on the market, we can find practical templates to bio-ethanol which do not require a flue or large works for the installation.
7. A more open environment, to interact with the outside
A natural house is also a house open to the outside, which interacts with the surrounding landscape, thanks to large windows, as can be seen in this proposal. Of course, you will need to equip windows with high insulating capacity, in order not to waste precious energy.
8. Air and natural light to save energy
One of the basic rules to achieve an eco-friendly house is really efficient is to ensure a good circulation of air and natural light, through large openings that allow to create a good flow of air current and to make the environments brighter. In this way, consume less energy for lighting and ventilation!