As we become more and more aware of our environment, eco-friendly options, from cars to our food, are becoming more accessible in order to protect and preserve our planet. One can now buy a fully eco-friendly home or update an older house to incorporate green aspects such as solar panels. In celebration of Earth Day, we’ve compiled four of our favorite eco-friendly homes.
Dome homes are certainly odd shaped but they are as sustainable and eco-friendly as a home gets. They are nearly indestructible and use less building materials than a regular home. They are very popular in the southern desert states of the US and dome home villages are popping up in Japan where the design has been approved by the Japanese Ministry of Land and Transport.
This innovative home can be found in Bulgaria. The organic design of the many windows allows heat and natural light to be evenly distributed all over the house. The location of the house allows maximum solar exposure and it only made sense for it to have a solar energy system. The large windows also allowed the owner to create a greenhouse garden.
In Costa Rica, Casa Iseami was built using 100% recycled materials and aims to be a low maintenance home. Only local materials were used in order to minimize the carbon footprint. Another benefit to these materials was that they survive well in the humid and rainy climate and will therefore be little maintenance against the mould and fungi that can be found in the Costa Rican peninsula where it is built.
Redondo Beach Container House
This eco-friendly beach front residence in California was built using 8 assembled shipping containers and sustainable materials. The metal of the shipping containers makes this home fire and mold resistant and requires little upkeep. Construction and assembly waste and pollution is also kept to the very minimum since the prefabricated structure of the home allows for the bulk of the work to be done offsite.
To see more eco-friendly homes from around the globe, visit our Green Living board on Pinterest.