Steps to an Environmentally Friendly Build

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!

Mixing and Matching Tiles and Patterns

The use of tiles dates as far back as 4,000 BC in Egypt where the use of blue tile bricks were popular choices.  Due to its technical characteristics, durability and look the use of tiles were popular back in the day. With time, use of different art forms, colors and patterns can into effect with the likes of mixing and matching tiles and patterns together on a variety of factors for interior design. Sri Lanka, with its history of Portuguese and Dutch rule were very much affected by the use of mixing and matching tiles and patterns. Find out what you should consider when utilizing tiles in your interior design and how you could go about mixing and matching tiles and patterns.            

Matching Tiles of Colour and Pattern

The use of geometric tiles and colour blocking can be used together to complement each other. Usually interior designers opt to use colours within the same colour palette to ensure that it is pleasing on the eye of the beholder. The grout too should be the same colour of the predominant hue. Also, you can opt for the use of colours or patterns to highlight areas of a room, for instance in the likes of a bathroom, the area where the wash basin is  or even inside the shower cubicle.  

Matching Tiles of Different Sizes and Scale

Whilst you can opt for different colours and patterns of matching floor tiles, you can opt to choose different sizes and scales of tiles mixed together, once again to bring focus to specific areas or to differentiate them as well.           

Matching Tiles of Different Materials

There are many materials of tiles available in the market. From ceramic, glass, cement, natural stone, and porcelain. You can opt to mix and match different tiles of different materials together to work well together. For instance, glass and natural stone tiles go well together. This is because glass reflects light whilst natural stone absorbs it, creating a unique look.

Matching Tiles of Different Textures

Textures, whether it’s smooth, rough or rather gloss or matt are viable questions when deciding on the area in which the tiles will be used.  You can combine the two quite similarly to make certain areas stand out.

How do you plan on making a statement by using matching tiles for your interior design project. Let us at RM Perera (Pvt) Ltd make the process easier for you. 

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