By Matt Reilly
Sustainable wall and roof solutions
When it comes to green homes, green building, or green living solutions in general, what they all have in common is energy-efficiency or sustainability. The main aim of a green building is to try and save as much energy as possible. Various small factors affect the amount of energy required by a building. For example, if the exterior walls and roofs are insulated, the energy required to cool the interiors (through air conditioning and fans) is reduced. Another way to make your home energy-efficient and increase its life-span is if you choose the right roofing solutions and wall material.
A sustainable roof protects your home from moisture and leaks, prevents energy loss, lasts for many years and is recyclable. Here are some of the most important things to consider for a sustainable roof.
1.First of all you should consider roofs that are high rated. This means roofs that have a longer warrantee. They will save you money and are better for the environment. Roofs that are rated to last 50 years require the same amount of energy to be made as those rated to last 15 years. For example metal or slate roof can easily last 100 years. They may be more expensive but are more economic in the long run and can be recycled.
6. Green roofs are another way to go.They are partially or completely covered by vegetation, they absorb rainwater and prevent runoff, provide insulation for your home, and reduce the heat island effect in urban environments
Choosing a material for your wall is very important because walls are responsible for most of the heat loss from your house.Another thing to consider is the breathability of the walls as breathable walls can help to regulate the humidity, creating a healthy internal environment.
Here are some of the best choices for sustainable wall materials:
They are made of clay, which is dried naturally, without heat.The bricks are breathable with good thermal qualities, and create less pollution and CO2.
Straw walls are easy and quick to build. They naturally provide very high levels of insulation for a hot or cold climate. As straw is a rapidly renewable resource, the walls are sustainable and affordable.
These are walls where earth is tamped down very tightly in wooden forms. The materials used are raw and the walls are non-combustible, very insulative, strong and durable.
There are still many advantages to wood walls. Wood is available locally almost everywhere and the build is easy and cheap.It is highly insulative, load bearing, it absorbs CO2 as it grows, and therefore helps reduce carbon emissions.
In order for your home to be sustainable and energy efficient, it is important to think about the kind of roofs and walls you have, and consider the listed sustainable solutions. Roofs and walls are the basis of your house. With good choices and solutions for your roofs and walls, your home can also be sustainable. This means less energy consumption, cutting utility costs and better care for the environment.
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Author: Matt Reilly http://www.reillyroofing.com/
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