Get More With Less – Green Homes – Part 1

Carrying the eco friendliness trend from the carbon positive home blog, this week we look at the scope of building eco friendly homes in India. We will be taking a look techniques which go beyond the exterior of the home, how decisions made during the constructions will be cheaper in the long if the prices of construction are expensive than existing traditional methods. Homeowners can save on water, electricity with making decision during the construction phase.

Eco-friendly materials

With those planning to construct a home of their home, you could opt for eco-friendly material. Bamboo has emerged as an option Indian homes are adopting for the construction of the property. It is also an excellent substitute for wood. The tensile strength of bamboo is higher than steel and is bamboo economically feasible, too. Apart from bamboo, Indian homes are using bricks made of soil and stone dust. These bricks are made of a mixture of soil and stone dust which is dried under the sun for a month. This process saves on the energy required to burn the bricks and transport them.

Reduced use of paints

Indian homes are reducing the use of paints which help lower the spread of lead in the air. Some Indian homes cover around 50 per cent of walls with plaster and paint. Also, plaster is not used on the outside walls of the home. This will save cement, sand and water.

Provision to save water

Indian homes are adopting rainwater harvesting system. Many homes in Kerala, Bengaluru and Chennai are using grey water recycling system. This system treats wastewater and makes it user friendly for washing clothes, landscaping, cleaning cars and toilet flush tanks.

Harness the solar

Installing solar panels is another way Indian homes are going green. People are also adopting solar-powered appliances including water heater and even solar lights. This will save electricity.

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