In this post I want to give you a small brief of some of the “green” features we are applying in our new projects. These solutions are intended to make better and sustainable homes and to improve our overall wellbeing.
Portugal is rich in natural resources and is aware of the importance of ensure its green footprint, building sustainable homes and designs in order to reduce carbon emissions and promote higher standards of sustainable design.
The sustainable housing technologies already deployed along the portuguese territory include renewable energy sources (e.g. solar and photovoltaic panels), reuse and recycle water systems, natural building materials (with no toxic materials), energy-efficient lighting, natural lighting and ventilation, and local building traditions, although the particular set of technologies deployed varies with local conditions.
Besides the use of the well-known wind turbines and roofs dedicated to solar panels, in recent years many national companies in Portugal have been betting on innovative materials in coatings for interior walls, with models developed from different species of wood chips, based on the CoreTech (product of automobile recycle) joinery and surplus of the manufacturing and furnishings that would have no usage in addition to its combustion. These cladding panels not only offer several advantages in terms of thermal insulation, sound, handling and dimensional stability but also enable increased product life and reduce the environmental impact cycle.
With its vast experience in cork production, Portugal has also strengthened its commitment to use this material in new buildings, because the cork meets perfectly to the objectives of sustainable construction and contemporary society, concerned with ecology and the planet.
Along with Italy, Denmark and France, Portugal was part of SHE project (Sustainable Housing in Europe) that was intended to show the way forward through a series of pilot housing schemes, with the aim of demonstrate by very simple numbers that sustainable housing is cheaper than usual, if calculated from a more responsible ‘global costs’ perspective.”
So, me and my team maintain this commitment ensuring that it’s vital that homes are built in a way that minimizes the use of energy and reduces harmful emissions.
Construction and the use of our homes has a range of other environmental impacts, created for example through water use, waste generation and use of polluting materials, which can be significantly reduced through the integration of higher sustainability performance standards within the design of a home.
And you…. what “green” features do you wish to include in your new home?
Believe me! More sustainable homes can provide us an improved overall wellbeing and quality of life.
Have a nice day!