As the effects of climate change are felt across the world and with the construction industry is responsible for as much as 40 per cent of man-made carbon emissions, both governments and individuals are beginning to take the task of building eco-friendly houses much more seriously. Fuelled by increased demand a new industry of eco- friendly home building has grown up and a whole host of technological innovations have created an arsenal of eco-friendly building materials and techniques. From wind turbines, to solar panels, to high efficiency lighting, ultra efficient insulation, glazing, water conservation, plumbing, recycling and much more.
An eco-house is built in such a way that reduces energy consumption and waste. Eco Homes reduces the buildings negative impact on human health and the environment, through better design, construction, siting, operation and maintenance. They are a combination of sustainable design, sustainable development and sustainable living. Eco homes are designed and built as part of the larger ecology of the planet; the design and construction of the building are done in harmony with the natural environment. Studies have shown that buildings are the most damaging polluters on the planet, consuming over half of all the energy used in developed countries and producing over half of all the climate-changing greenhouse gases. A successful eco house should give the owner the ‘best of both’ by providing less of an impact on the environment along with a healthier place to live and lower on-going running costs..