A Sustainable Home From The Ground Up

By   October 5, 2015

Sustainable HomeHave you ever given thought to how sustainable home building is today? It isn’t actually. Just constructing the average American home can create as much as 4 tons of waste. And after its built, the amount of carbon emissions of the average house is nearly 90,000 pounds.

A new trend taking off these days in an attempt to have a sustainable home from the moment it breaks ground until the occupants move is the new Tiny Houses.  And while they do drastically reduce the amount of carbon emissions and other environmentally friendly efforts are made, there is still a good amount that has yet to be offset.  Meaning, we want to get to a point that even after a sustainable home is built and the occupants move in, it needs to produce for the environment, not consume the environment.

So How Can The Occupants Of A Sustainable Home Do This?

Well the first step, and foremost the most important step, is for the occupants to reduce what they consume. They need to be more conscious of what they consume in their sustainable home. Before they buy something, they should consider the length of life this item will have or if they already have something that can do what this new item will do.

Next, the occupants of a sustainable home need to take the initiative to things to their fullest ability. This means to up-cycle what they can’t recycle and then recycle as much as possible of things they can’t up-cycle, Re-purpose and reuse anything and everything possible in some manner.

Can A Sustainable Home Produce Instead Of Consume?

Is there a point that a sustainable home can produce instead of consume the environment round it? Usually homes and the systems within them require many natural resources to be functional and to be maintained.  How can a sustainable house become a producer though? We need it to produce and be a system within itself. If we look at the law of physics, is that possible? Can we build a sustainable home that will offset the inputs to build and operate it with outputs?

Instead Of Building A Sustainable Home, Grow One

Let’s think about this for a moment. A home is built from things that have been grown by nature already, right? The 2×4 boards came from trees. So for example, instead of a sustainable home being built, what if we grow them? There are two ideas for that to happen. The first is a great example which is real and already being done. And the second idea is still just a concept of growing a sustainable home from protein structures.

The Green Roof On A Sustainable Home

The green roof will process CO2 of course, and we know that it will reduce the need to cool and heat the sustainable home. But it can also grow food. So maybe this isn’t the newest concept when it comes to a sustainable home, but still the concept is becoming more and more attractive.

Power The Sustainable Home With Green Power

Of course the most obvious of all things is that it will still take energy and natural resources for those geo-thermal taps, solar panels, and wind turbines to be constructed. So in order for these things to be environmentally friendly in a sustainable home, we need them to produce enough to offset the things that were consumed, right? And this can be done by making up the difference by getting the most use over their lifetime.