How to Incorporate Eco-Friendly Choices Into a Building Design

When working with a designer or architect to create a new building, it's good to consider the most eco-friendly choices possible. This will mean cutting down on your use of natural resources and your utility costs over the years. Note a few of those choices that you'll want to discuss with your designer or builder so you know any new construction is as eco-friendly as possible.

Attic heat blockers

Attic heat blockers are made with a foil backing that is pressed onto strand board, and which is placed in the attic or rafters. These don't allow heat to get trapped in the upper story of any building. In turn, your building holds less heat during summertime and you run the air conditioning far less often.

Formaldehyde-free insulation

Some insulation products are made with formaldehyde which can be released into the environment when it breaks down. Note the materials of the insulation product you choose and opt for eco-friendly options of recycled paper and cellulose instead.


Have cross breezes or cross-ventilation in a building can cut down on the heat that it holds during summertime. How and where you position windows as well as hallways can affect how much ventilation a building gets; it does little good to open the windows in the back offices or production area if they don't face the doorway to the hallway. Work with your designer to ensure that the windows of your building are on opposite sides of the home and that there is as little obstruction to these breezes as possible.

Smart irrigation systems

Irrigation systems today can actually be computerized to note the weather conditions. If it's raining, having your irrigation system come on just because the timer is set will mean wasting water. A smart irrigation system will adjust its own watering system if it notes too much moisture in the air and even if there is too much direct sunlight, as sunlight can cause water to simply evaporate before it's absorbed into the ground. A smart system not only saves you this wasted water but also means a lawn that gets the hydration it needs.

LED lighting

LED lighting is a favorite choice in commercial buildings that have very large overhead lights, as LED lights emit little to no heat when in use. They also use much less power than standard bulbs, saving on your electricity costs overall. Opt for LED lights instead of fluorescent lights in the production area where heat often gets trapped, as well as for garages, office areas, and other such spaces.

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