Every industry has a duty to consider their environmental impact on the planet, particularly as great positives can be achieved by making simple changes to working practices and production processes. What might be initially perceived as merely a small difference, when making alterations to how a business operates, will collectively create a significant impact over a period of time.
Within the building sector architects and interior designers can influence the ecological footprint of just one house and will clearly make an even bigger impression when working on large residential developments. When designing a property it is as important to consider the materials that will be used as much as the design itself in relation to helping the planet.
The design and build of a Marbella villa does not not need to be compromised when embracing a more environmental way of thinking, and creating green homes reduces pollution which is incredibly important for the health of the population. Any climate change sceptics will be encouraged by the additional positives gained in applying this method as future inhabitants of eco friendly homes will benefit also from financial savings.
New ways of researching suppliers and materials can be implemented alongside considering how the layout of a property can help create cost savings. For example in Marbella the placement of a window to avoid the afternoon sun will cut down on the use of air conditioning and thus save money and energy.
Creativity shouldn’t need to suffer either as the choice of environmentally friendly materials continues to expand on a daily basis and there are consistently more colours, textures and styles available to use.
If being more green doesn’t restrict the creative process and improvements are made to wellbeing, the environment and the monthly household budget, then it would seem there are only positives ahead.
Thinking eco friendly
- Consider the entire lifecycle of a material from its manufacture right through to its future disposal as this will have an impact on the environment
- Where possible find out the supply chain of materials used in the production of materials
- Avoid processes that use petroleum and bad chemicals that are found in materials like polyester and nylon
Windows save money & energy
- Consider the placement of windows as sunlight and heat increase energy needed to cool a house
- Double pane windows keep heat out
- Light diffusion glass will help keep a room cool
Old is best
- The use of vintage furniture and fabrics is positive as their carbon impact pre-exists and no new resources are required to produce them
- When you reupholster and refinish an item you do a little to save the planet and often create something on trend and unique
The good materials
- Recycled wood or wood from managed forest production
- Natural fibres such as hemp need less production processes than cotton and silk
- Cork and bamboo
- Stone tiles
- Steel as it can be recycled at any point of its life cycle
- Wool as animal fibres last longer than man made fibres
- Durable materials that do not need to be replaced
- Lighting design is key as lighting is responsible for 10% of household energy consumption
- The use of LED lights makes a great difference as they use 75% less energy than standard lights
For more information on the eco-friendly homes that iDDomus design and build in Marbella, please contact us.