How builders can make new homes more eco-efficient

With scientists increasingly warning us that if we don’t clean up our act by 2030 we’re in danger of losing the planet, we should be looking to become as eco-efficient as possible. Of course, alone, we’re not able to save the world but by starting with small changes such as the plastic bag charge, the rolling out of paper straws in eateries up and down the country, and giving a reusable cup to your barista, the damage can be eased. Once small changes are well underway, it’s time to start thinking bigger and what bigger way than to look at the way our homes and properties are built. Builders are able to make homes more eco-efficient in a range of different ways.

If you’re looking to recruit a team of builders to help make your home sustainable, or you’re a builder yourself, before you start saving the planet, you should save yourself any future hassle and costs by making sure you’re well informed on the guide to builder’s insurance. It’s no secret that the building industry involves a manner of risks and the potential for accidents is just about everywhere you look hence, builder’s insurance is essential for construction-site workers, contractors and builders. Owed to the risky nature of the business, adequate builder’s insurance for the extent of hazards associated will afford you as the builder, and for your customer’s peace of mind regarding any potential work, without the need to worry about any potential claims. There’s a ton of plans to choose from and you’re able to choose the best premiums and covers for yourself.

New Measures

Once your builder’s insurance plan is sorted, it’s time to start reconsidering that eco-efficient plan. The British Government have an existing plan that involves reintroducing a requirement for new homes to be zero carbon 2020 as well as updating the energy performance of existing homes to a rating of C by 2035. But why stop there?

The ecological construction of a building involves a structure that is either beneficial, or at least non-harmful to the environment and resource efficient. This type of structure is economical in its use of energy required to build it, energy generated whilst living there and the use of local and renewable materials used to build it.

Eco-efficient homes and properties may be rammed with earth, a process which involves clay-based material mixed with water and then rammed into brick or solid wall form, this method is suitable for hot and dry climates. Builders are also able to build houses out of straw bale; bales of hale are used as the base structure and as straw is a competent insulator, energy costs whilst living there will be lower. The options don’t end there as earth ships may become a thing of the norm in decades to come, earth ships may sound futuristic but, they use recycled car tyres filled with earth as the buildings walls, simple yet sustainable and very effective.

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