Using Tech to Make Your Home Construction Sustainable
Did you know that tech advances have made home construction more sustainable? This new construction technology saves you time, money, and reduces your impact on the environment.
If you’re not sure where to start in your sustainable home construction, keep reading for tech that can help the environment and save you money.
Consider New Modular Tech
Modular homes have been around for a long time but they’ve had some serious upgrades as new construction tech emerges. The newest generation of modular homes is adaptable to your ever-changing needs.
These new LEGO-like modular building materials allow you to reuse materials and make adjustments to your home’s layout over time, so you can have a home that evolves as you do. This tech can also advance urban planning and development, with the flexibility to make large changes with less waste and labor.
Level Up Your Insulation
Good insulation keeps you and your family more comfortable in any season. It also means that your cooling and heating systems don’t have to work as hard, so you save money and reduce your resource consumption.
Alternative insulation materials are more effective which reduces your heating costs. Materials, such as aerogel, insulate your home with fewer health risks than traditional insulators. Aerogel is a lightweight material that uses micro-pockets of air to regulate the temperature in your home.
Tech in Living Wall Insulation
To really maximize your insulation, consider building a plant wall. Not only is it a beautiful feature for your house, but it insulates your home and purifies your air. Use plants such as chia or ivy to create a living wall that doubles as an extra insulator for your home in all seasons.
There’s a lot of new construction technology that makes a living wall easier to maintain. Special concrete has been developed for your living walls that retains moisture only on its outer layer. This means that your plants can grow without creating water damage.
In more arid climates, hydroponic systems and sensors help regulate your plant’s moisture so you’re not stuck with a wall of dead vines. These advances make living walls easier to build and allow you to use them on a larger area of your home than ever before.
Try Alternative Materials
You can make your home construction more sustainable by choosing to work with alternative materials. Many sustainable choices are less expensive than their traditional counterparts and will help make your home truly unique.
Reclaimed wood reduces lumber industry waste and is usually less expensive than other wood sources. This is a simple sustainable switch because it doesn’t take any special construction experience.
Cob is the ultimate sustainable DIY material choice, but you will need to do your research if you want to use it for building your home. Cob is a mix of sand, clay, straw, and water that can be shaped and used for many projects.
If it’s not a legal residential building material in your city and state, you may still be able to use it for smaller projects, like building a shed.
Bamboo is a more sustainable choice than regular wood because it grows quickly. This means that you don’t need to worry as much about sustainable sourcing or deforestation.
Bamboo can be used for all sorts of projects in home construction because it’s lightweight and very durable. From cosmetic flooring to creating structural framing, there are many different types of bamboo with properties to suit any project’s needs.
Ecobricks are plastic bottles that are filled with soft plastic materials to make an entirely post-consumer recycled brick. They are very strong and can be used cosmetically or for any project where you’d normally use traditional bricks.
You can either DIY your own Ecobricks or source them from an Ecobrick exchange hub.
New tech in alternative construction materials helps you make your home more sustainable without sacrificing utility. Building more sustainable structures uses less material and saves you money.
For more ways that new construction tech can upgrade your building process and make your home more eco-friendly, check out the infographic below.
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Salman Zafar is a serial entrepreneur, digital marketer, writer and publisher. He is the Founder of Techie Loops
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