Living green: Sustainability in houses and buildings

Heritage houses and buildings by nature are environmentally sustainable. Buildings and houses established from the pre-industrial period are more likely built using natural, low-energy, and less chemical-based material.

There are countless heritage houses and buildings that survived the test of time. These serve as both historical and architectural gems for us. It is vital to understand that heritage and sustainability are ultimately linked. Sustainability is an essential tool for preservation.

With the pressing issue of global warming, people nowadays are becoming more aware of how their habits and lifestyle affect the environment. People extend more efforts to inform the public and even businesses are promoting eco-friendly products in creating positive economic and social impact.

There are many industrial and residential developments now that conform to sustainable building standards. Architectural innovation that integrates sustainability, which involves investing in building materials that are easily made from renewable materials to designs that feature efficiency and embodies minimized energy consumption from operations to maintenance, are now prevalent.

In bringing quality and environmentally living spaces, every detail and materials used in building a residence must conform to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) factors such as durability, easily recyclable or reusable, free of toxic materials, energy efficient, zero or low emissions of toxic chemicals, manufactured in a low-pollution process, and low maintenance.

To start with, it is effective to select your sanitary wares that integrate water-saving features, which lessen the water usage by means of its dual lever flush. Many toilets in the market have a two-lever flush, where one lever is to release water for liquid waste, and the larger lever to flush solid waste. Pozzi promotes its dual flush water saving water closet with reduced water usage of 3/4.5 liters per flush compared to the average flush use of 3/6 liters.

You must also consider choosing bathroom accessories that stand for quality, technology, design, and sustainability. International brand Grohe, offers products that allow responsible and safe consumption of water and energy resources by the end users.

Similarly, Franke, an international kitchen appliance brand carries eco-friendly sinks and ovens. The stainless steel they use for their sinks and faucets are 100 percent recyclable, and their ovens belong to Energy Class A, the highest rating for energy efficiency.

Choose materials and brands that promote environmental sustainability like Novabell. Its ceramic tiles are made from 40 percent recycled materials in compliance with international quality standards. With the reduction of consumption of energy and resources, Rubi Tile Cutters does not need electricity and water. These cutters do not emit noise pollution and do not generate dust.

Having products that you can rely on in terms of energy and cost-efficiency, encompassing the latest trends and innovative technology can surely provide solutions that are eco-friendly. With the current scarcity of our natural resources, we must be wise in making better choices for our homes with the use of sustainable products for the benefit of future generations.