Increasingly, new technologies and alternatives are being incorporated into residential projects to reduce environmental impacts and help preserve natural resources. Having a sustainable home means valuing nature and the well-being of its occupants. Learn more about this type of construction and explore environmentally friendly solutions:

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What is a Sustainable Home?

A sustainable home is built to minimize environmental impact through solutions that save resources, reuse materials, conserve energy, manage waste effectively, and enhance the well-being of everyone involved.

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Ideas for a Sustainable Home

Small changes and new technologies can greatly enhance the sustainability of a home. Consider the following:

  1. Eco-friendly or Recyclable Materials

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Using sustainable materials in construction can conserve natural resources and reduce costs. Options like ecological bricks, bamboo, recyclable flooring, and repurposed containers are both environmentally friendly and practical.

  1. Maximizing Natural Lighting

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Source: Ao Cubo Architecture

Natural lighting reduces the need for artificial lights, saving energy. Investing in large windows or openings will ensure ample daylight in your home.

  1. Green Roof

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Source: Ao Cubo Architecture

A green roof supports vegetation growth, reducing the need for tiles and adding greenery to urban areas. Benefits include lower internal temperatures, soundproofing, and improved air quality.

  1. Reusing Rainwater

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Installing a cistern allows for the collection and reuse of rainwater. This water can be used for washing sidewalks, flushing toilets, and irrigating plants or gardens, potentially saving up to 50% on water bills and conserving water resources.

  1. Solar Heating

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Utilizing natural light to heat water for showers or taps offers significant advantages, including energy savings and reduced electricity costs.

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