Building your sustainable home

July 17th, 2017

Sustainability has been a buzzword in the homes and property sector for a few years now, and with an ever-growing green conscience in the UK, it looks likely to stay. Anything from construction methods, building materials, energy efficiency to general lifestyle all go into creating a truly sustainable home. This long list can make eco-friendly credentials difficult to maintain. With that in mind, we’ve designed a guide to help you make your home the most sustainable it can be.

Eco-friendly materials

Sustainability starts with construction, and the materials used in the process can automatically boost your green credentials. Whether you’re embarking on a whole new build, a restoration or extension project, or just making small updates, try to use materials that are thoughtfully sourced and from responsible suppliers. Where you can, it’s also a great idea to try and repurpose any materials you already have.

All Clement steel windows, doors and screens are manufactured from recycled steel, meaning that all of our frames come from sustainable sources.  Recycling steel eliminates the huge amount of energy, waste and emissions when extracting the iron ore, coal and limestone used for creating the material. For example, creating a steel can from recycled material uses 75% less energy than producing items from its raw form. Due to its ability to be recycled time and time again without compromising quality, re-using current amounts in circulation can conserve precious fossil fuels that are depleting at an unsustainable rate.

What’s more, the strength and durability of steel means that you won’t need to use any more materials on updates in the future.  As a building material, steel provides longevity, durability and strength that is unmatched by alternatives – steel frames will likely outlive the building itself.

Energy efficiency

There are many benefits to having an efficient home, and sustainability is just one of them. Upgrading to energy efficient systems and changing the way you use energy will also significantly lower your home’s output and thereby reduce your bills. Make sure you’re maximising on the green resources you have at your disposal, for example natural light, and consider investing in greener technologies.

Having the right windows in your home is a great way to easily boost your energy efficiency. Many of our steel window ranges have the potential to be double glazed to prevent any heat escaping and will meet the latest performance criteria for insulation and weatherproofing.  Clients can be wary of replacing their beautiful, original single-glazed windows with modern equivalents, but Clement specialise in sensitive replacements in keeping with the originals.  Single glazing can result in 50-70% heat loss in a home so making the switch to double glazing can make a huge difference.

Passive design

Passive design is a popular sustainable practice in countries with a hotter climate, but that doesn’t mean certain elements can’t be adopted in the UK as well. Passive design is a great way to boost your home’s efficiency, simply by designing spaces that make the most of the nature around you.

Making the best use of the sun’s rays is an easy way to achieve passive design.  Our thin, steel frames will guarantee maximum light flow throughout your home and incorporating windows, screens and rooflights into your design will help to reduce the need for artificial lighting.

We have a wealth of experience in ensuring that our windows are compliant with the eco-friendly credentials our clients want and need. Our EB24 range is available with a ‘B’ Window Energy Rating, so by choosing this product you can be sure you’re doing all you can to ensure your home stays insulated and emission-free. If you’d like to have an informal discussion with one of our experts on increasing the sustainability of your home or project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.