A sustainable home is one that supplement’s the environment’s global ecosystem. The material elements within the home such as wood, brick, concrete, steel, various types of insulation materials should be capable of lasting for many years. At the end of their useful life span within the home they should ideally be either recyclable or biodegradable. Wastewater and biological matter should be rendered useful again through recycling or reuse.
Sustainable building materials ideally should be:
- Made from nontoxic substance
- Long lasting
- Locally grown or produced
- Low negative environmental impact during production phase
- Low negative environmental impact during its lifetime
- Should have a low carbon footprint
Typical Sustainable Materials
- Solar panels for heating water
- Solar panels, photovoltaics, for producing electricity
- Wind turbines for producing electricity
- Micro hydro turbines for producing electricity
- Insulation with low u-value
- Building materials with low u-value
- Windows and doors with low u-value and installed airtight
- Airtight Materials Recycle bins
- Rainwater harvesting system that uses at least 90% of annual rainfall yield on roof areas.
- Rainwater harvesting system that uses at can collect water from other areas of property such as paved areas.
- Electric transport such as motor car especially when you are producing your own renewable power source.
- Home electric equipment with low energy rating certificates.
- Lowest possible u-values for all building fabrics.
- BER Building Energy Rating with a B or A rating
- Airtightness Test value of 0.6 air changes per hour or less.