Last edited 26 Jan 2021

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Eco houses for environment-friendly architecture

Ainsworth Hales house built by Baufritz.

Sustainability, renewable energies, environmentally-friendly, carbon footprint ... are terms that have become a part of daily life. But, it is not only vocabulary that is changing, people's awareness of, and their attitude towards, climate change is also shifting. This is why more and more people are becoming interested in green and healthy 'eco-houses' - houses that are built from sustainable materials while at the same time successfully combining contemporary architecture and comfort.

Almost half the respondents to a Statista survey said that they could imagine living in an eco house.

The aim of this 'green architecture' is to minimise the resources that go into construction and the subsequent use of the house, while at the same time, reducing the detrimental effects that emissions, pollution and waste can have on the environment.

The materials used in the intelligent construction of eco houses are pollutant-free, have been produced or grown sustainably and often locally, and have a low impact on the environment. In most cases, a high proportion of the materials used to construct eco homes can be returned to the natural cycle without leaving any trace when the house is deconstructed.

Eco houses are also energy efficient, making them a good investment at a time when energy prices are rising. This can be achieved, for example, by utilising solar or other renewable energies to minimise heating and electricity costs. They are also well insulated and many of them have an energy storage facility. This enables them to be partially or completely independent of external energy suppliers.

There are many different types of eco house using a whole range of methods for generating and storing energy. These include:

There are a range of other energy-saving concepts which can be adopted - for example, gas condensing technology, in which gas is converted to heat, which together with the use of the condensation heat from the developing gases, leads to a reduction in energy consumption of up to 20%. Another energy concept is geothermal, where geothermal heat from the ground is delivered via a pump into the property and used for heating and hot water.

Eco houses enable their owners to meet their housing needs effectively. They prevent adverse impacts on the environment, and use energy, water and other resources responsibly and efficiently without compromising health or comfort.

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--BaufritzUK 11:04, 02 Jan 2020 (BST)

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