Deciding to build an extension on your home will involve a lot of hard work. Though some people like to make their own plans and perform most of the construction themselves, this tends to take a long time and leaves too much room for mistakes. So, it’s better to get all your main ideas down on paper, and then employ the services of a professional architect to draw up the blueprints. That way; you’ll be completely covered should any issues arise. In much the same way, it’s usually more sensible to employ the services of building contractors too, as they will have relevant expertise in getting the job done properly and to a deadline, something you’ll struggle with when attempting the task on your own.
Last year I undertook a similar project myself, and thanks to a company who design and build in Kent, I was able to complete the job on time and without going over my initial budget. Still, many people don’t realise they can use this type of building project to their advantage, and to the advantage of the environment. So, if you want to learn about some of the things you can do to make the task a little more eco friendly, spend the next couple of minutes reading through all the information I’ve chosen to include below. You should come away with a basic idea of how you can do your bit to save the planet, whilst building an extension on your property.
Pay For An Energy Audit
This would ideally happen before you start making plans for the extension, as the results could show you ways of tailoring your design to have less impact on the environment. Companies who provide energy audits will usually send a representative to your property for an assessment. After looking through your home energy bills and witnessing the way you use electricity and gas in the house, they’ll be able to give you a full report detailing exactly what you can do to cut down on usage and reduce your carbon footprint.
Work On Controlling Air Flow
One of the best ways of using less energy inside your property is to make a plan concerning air flow. You see; people usually turn their heating on when the temperature drops, but this can be avoided in around 50% of cases. With adequate control over the air flow in your new extension, it’s possible to limit the impact of exterior winds and maximise on the warmth and heat you have inside without the need for artificial heating at all.
Use Reflective Insulation
Lastly, if you really want to use less energy and look after mother earth properly, then it’s vital that you alter your insulation plans and buy some of the new reflective products available on today’s market. In much the same way as lifeguards will cover you in a tin foil suit to keep you warm, the inside of your walls can be coated in the same material to produce the same heat retaining effects.
Well guys, I hope you found this information useful, and now you’ll be more inclined to think about your impact on the environment during your building project. Remember, no matter how tempting it may be to engage in DIY, this is something best left for the experts.
See you next time!