Designing eco-friendly residential interiors for the next generation

Concrete floors and large windows can help raise a room's green credentials

Eco-friendly residential interiors are known to have significant benefits not only to the environment, but also to people occupying the space. Emerging construction trends feature the incorporation of sustainable parts and elements into building projects. This promotes the advocacy of making better choices for the betterment of the world.

The concept of sustainability is derived from the determination of people to finally take a step towards improving our quality of living. The many advancements in technology help us innovate the way things are produced, and with this continuous innovation, comes the improved product specifications in terms of eco-friendliness.

Eco-friendly residential interiors can be achieved by combining sustainable building elements and incorporating them into the property’s structural design. In recent times, people don’t seem to mind if they spend a little more on products that cause less harm to the environment.

How to Make Residential Interiors Eco-Friendly

Here is a list of ways on how to make residential interiors greener and more eco-friendly:

1. Use composite wood.
Composite wood is made up of recycled plastic that is designed to mimic the look of natural wood. This minimises the need for timber wood maintenance chemicals that which are hazardous to the environment.

2. Add plants.
They not only add aesthetic appeal to the room, plants in interior spaces are beneficial because of their excretion of oxygen.

3. Have big windows.
Large windows allow natural light into the room, lessening the need for energy consumption to activate artificial lights. Using window furnishings like blinds that offer eco-friendly advantages is always a good idea.

4. Have stone or concrete floors.
This method is called passive solar, and it is ensured to lower heating bills by 30% because the hard flooring traps the sun’s heat during daytime and releases it at night.

Conventional vs. Eco-Friendly

The battle between conventional construction methods and eco-friendly construction has been ongoing for quite some time now. People are accustomed to traditional building materials and methods and some prefer these over sustainable materials because they have the perception that going green requires more money. In actuality, the homeowners get their money’s worth, and savings will be noticeable in the long run. The advantages of eco-friendly building materials over conventional can be determined by the way they are maintained and cared for. Eco-friendly products require less effort and hardly any chemicals in terms of maintenance compared to traditional commercial building products.

It is important to be knowledgeable about environmental threats and measures we as human beings, can practice in order to lessen the damage done to the environment. Programs and activities like DesignBUILD promote environmental awareness and the use of sustainable materials for construction and building projects.

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About the Author: Spec-Net

This article was first published by DesignBUILD Media partner, Spec-Net. The Spec-Net Building Directory commenced in 1994 and since then their news portal has grown to attract over 10 million visitors per annum. Thieir audience demographics are architects, designers, engineers, contractors, building companies, building manufacturers both commercial and domestic.