Building your own tiny home is a rather exciting experience and if you’re thinking of adding a degree of sustainability to your home, you need to know what things you can do yourself and what things you should outsource to a contractor.
It doesn’t matter if you’re building your home from scratch or renovating your existing home to a more ecological one, using the following environmentally friendly material will help you make your home that much greener.
- Floors Made of Cork
There are reasons as to why cork floors are so amazing. For starters, they allow the material to be reused, but are also simply beautiful and lightweight all at once. The manufacturer creates this type of flooring by recycling tens of thousands of discarded wine bottle corks through their own recycling programs.
These floors are great for insulating your home, as well as being hypoallergenic and completely resistant to water. Furthermore, they even help reduce foot, hip and back strain by giving you a soft, cushioned surface to walk on.
- Solar Roof Tiles
Tesla has been talking about releasing these little marvels for a little over a year now and while they still technically don’t exist on the market, they will make for a great way to make your tiny houses for sale in Florida that much greener. As opposed to traditional solar panels, solar roof tiles will allow you to cover your entire structure with them. In turn, this will generate power, as well as protecting your home from the outside elements.
- Cellulose Insulation
Generally made from recycled office paper, cellulose or paper insulation is applied by using a blower and spraying the insulation into place. The blower can be used to insert insulating cellulose pellets into walls or attics, which fill any open cavities and work to keep the heat inside your home and the cold out. This type of insulation is a great alternative to other types spray-in foams that contain harsh chemicals.
If you don’t have the funds for an all-out renovation, you can try taking a smaller step and swapping out your old furniture for more eco-friendly furniture. It should be easy enough to find sustainably sourced chairs and table. But, why stop there?
Organic mattresses use an abundance of certified natural materials and don’t compromise on comfort. Many of these mattresses are made free from any types of flame retardant chemicals. This means that they are totally safe to sleep on and won’t cause any unwanted side-effects.
- Window Coatings
Applying a low-emission coating to your windows can work wonders in terms of preventing any excessive heat loss. Typically, these consist of a clear metallic coating that’s sprayed onto the glass which helps to keep the heat out in the hotter months and in during the winter. Furthermore, some manufacturers are now even applying low-emissions coatings to the inside of their glass panels, which further helps to reduce the escape of heat.
Hemcrete is a product that is made from the inner fibers of the hemp plant. They are bound together with lime which can be used to create concrete-like blocks that are lightweight and sturdy. Moreover, due to its lightweight, this material is much cheaper to ship than traditional building materials and helps to cut down on carbon emissions. Also, Hemcrete is fireproof, waterproof and acts as a highly-efficient insulator that is 100% recyclable.
- Recycled Glass Tiles
Tiles made of glass can be recycled, are often manufactured locally and are typically free from VOCs. They are wonderful and can be used for in kitchens, bathrooms, and function to maintain the sustainable vibe that you’re looking for. Most of these recycled glass tiles come in a variety of colors that can mimic stained glass and give your home just what it needs to make it even greener.