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My eco home is my castle

How would people like to live?

The answer is not surprising in times of #FridaysForFuture: Many people want to live in houses that are healthy, sustainable and built from natural materials.

In fact, in a recent Statista survey, 43 per cent of respondents said they could well imagine living in an eco house. So, do eco houses constitute the future?

A Baufritz home in Newmarket
A Baufritz home in Newmarket

What is special about an eco house?

In the world of biological building there is not “the one” eco house, which is built again and again in the same way, but a whole range of different types of houses.

Jane and David Webb from Newmarket, for example, had an eco house built by Baufritz despite special challenges: Their modern town house with generous glass surfaces and a vertically offset mono-pitched roof was built in a narrow gap.

Not all eco houses are the same. The spectrum ranges from urban design houses to multi-storey detached houses and barrier-free bungalows. Basically, every house can become an eco house - there are no limits to your imagination. It is primarily the building materials that make a house an eco house. Sustainable and ecological materials, such as wood are mainly used. In addition, the focus is on the houses' energy-saving potential, which should be exploited as far as possible, so that when the eco house is inhabited later, it is very energy-efficient. This saves resources and relieves the residents' wallet.

How do ecological houses differ from conventional houses?

Nowadays, it is no longer possible to conclude from the appearance of the house alone whether it is a conventional house or a modern eco house. Natural materials are often visible in the construction because they create a cosy atmosphere, which offers a sense of well-being, however, this is not a must. The owner can determine the appearance of their eco house according to their own individual taste.

The following characteristics make the real difference between eco houses and other houses:

  • Pollutant-free materials
  • Sustainably grown raw materials
  • High energy efficiency

Building an eco house - a question of money?

Many home builders do not investigate the advantages of an eco house because they are afraid that the construction will be too expensive and they do not have the budget for this. In fact, eco houses are a sensible investment in times of rising energy prices. For a long time now, eco houses have not only been built for environmental reasons, but also because they can be financially worthwhile in the long run.

Saving energy is an important cornerstone of eco homes. This begins with the architecture of the house: Living spaces are aligned in such a way that the sunlight can be utilised optimally and thus, electricity and heating costs can be minimised. A further emphasis lies on good insulation, which leads to owners saving money.

Many eco houses rely on solar energy and other renewable energies. In this way, the residents produce the energy they need to live independently - without price fluctuations from electricity providers. With a storage for self-sufficient power, you can almost become completely independent, whereby electricity costs become a foreign word.

Fast and sustainable: Prefabricated eco houses

Sustainability is the best foundation for every house.

Prefabricated houses can also be built according to this principle. The prefabricated parts are produced in harmony with nature and the owners benefit from the low costs compared to solid construction, as well as from the positive properties of wood:

  • Ideal living environment
  • Pleasant indoor climate
  • Natural moisture regulation

Eco houses for the future!

The future of construction lies in individual eco houses. More and more house builders, as well as architects and construction companies recognise this today.

The trend is moving towards a healthy construction method that saves energy costs and reduces enormous amounts of CO2. This is good for the environment, the inhabitants and, in the long run, even for the purse. https://www.baufritz.com/uk/

Get in touch

Visit https://www.baufritz.com/uk/ or call 01223 235632 to find out more about Baufritz’ eco homes.

Baufritz (UK) is based at Camboro Business Park, The Workplace Oakington Road, Girton, Cambridge CB3 0QH.

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