That tap that leaks, that window that does not close properly, that balcony or terrace that we have wasted… Spending time at home has allowed us to detect small or big things that we would like to improve.
Doing renovations gives us great satisfaction as we give greater value to our home, where we spend a large part of our time, and we adapt it to our needs. But, what should we consider before starting a renovation?
A few years ago, the only criteria that were followed before starting a renovation were economic criteria and those related to the durability of the materials; today, another very important criterion comes into play: sustainability. When choosing the materials to work with, the ecological factor is key. It is important to look at their composition and opt for eco-friendly elements such as wood from sustainable forests, blown cellulose made from recycled paper, wood chip panels, resin or cork, for example.
On the other hand, we can also take into account the origin of the materials and opt for zero-kilometre materials that have a much lower carbon footprint. Along the same lines, if we want a sustainable house, we should opt for refurbishing aspects that give us greater energy efficiency. Here are some tips:
Keep an eye on water consumption
Improve thermal insulation
Protecting your home from the cold and heat with adequate thermal insulation will allow you to save a lot of energy and will also save on heating and air conditioning costs.
Other reforms to make our home more sustainable
In Withfor we are clear that construction and environment are two concepts that are increasingly linked and it is very positive that this is so. If we bet for ecological reforms, we help to the conservation of our environment, we are sustainable and also efficient. This benefits the planet but also our health, wellbeing and allows us to save money.
An example of sustainability in construction are passive houses or passivhaus, a special type of construction whose function is to reduce energy consumption by up to 80-90%, as it uses a different design to the traditional one. If you want to know more about this type of home, see our article What are passive houses and how do they work?
Betting on ecological reforms and energy efficiency is easier than it seems and it means a good change for us and for the planet. At Withfor we are convinced of this and that is why we are committed to giving you alternatives to live healthier.
For more information, you can contact us or visit us in our Withfor House.
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