More and more, Sri Lankans are making efforts to become more environmentally friendly, with apartments and hotels requiring certain green building designs to be implemented into core designs prior to authorities giving approvals to commence work. Here are some steps to an Environmentally Friendly build that you too can incorporate.
Step 1 – Creating a Smart Design
Intelligent Designs involves creating spaces that makes the best use of your space. In addition, with smaller rooms, it’s also more environmentally friendly and economical to operate.
Step 2 – Window Placement
By taking advantage of what nature provides freely, you can make an environmentally friendly build with ease, as you will be putting to use not only expanse light and as well as ventilation option. Thus, taking into account where light and wind is freely available and moves fluidly, you can maximize on window placements.
Step 3 – Insulation
Whilst you may wonder why insulation is needed for a tropical and warm country like Sri Lanka, investments in proper insulation such as with window insulation and roof insulation can keep areas cool during extremely warm and dry months.
Step 4 – Cool your Roof
Sri Lanka being a warm tropical country, there is a good chance that heat can get trapped within the roof which warms up the interiors further, thus it’s important to find ways to cool your roof. Green roofs are great choices, especially if you are opting for a rooftop as adding grass will help cool the roof. Other means include utilizing reflective roof, roof coverings and roof tiles too.
Step 5 – Durability and Lifespan of Materials
The use of brick, stone and concrete are a preferred option for an environmentally friendly build due especially with demolition and disposal, and using durable materials will mean that adding extensions or carrying out renovations and refurbishments will be easier too.
Step 6 – Use of Sustainable, Biodegradable and Recyclable Materials
Reuse, recycle, reduce is the new motto of the new generation, and the same applies for an environmentally friendly build. You can reuse recyclable lumber, plastics and glass, and it should be mentioned that biodegradable materials utilized less energy and costs for construction.
Step 7 – Water Saving Fixtures
When adding fixtures and fittings into your environmentally friendly build, opt for those that save water as reducing water wastage is a key policy in Sri Lanka due to drought. You can do this by installing bathroom fixture that reduce flow with concern to toilets, showerhead and taps too.
Step 8 – Invest in Solar Energy
Solar power utilizes a freely available energy source to convert into energy to run a home, which will allow you to save on future operational costs. Whilst the initial setup costs are hefty, it will help with reducing money spent on energy consumption in the long run.
Get in touch with RM Perera (PVT) Ltd to design an environmental friendly build that suits your requirements!