Sustainability in home renovation

As more people become passionate about eco-friendly living and influenced by environmental figures such as David Attenborough, with his most recent plea including joining Instagram at 94 to warn young people that the world needs our help; it is no surprise that sustainability in home renovation is becoming a popular trend. With the government recognising that eco-retrofits are extremely important and an essential step towards a low carbon country as of the 30th September the government have launched a green home grant offering up to £5000 to make green renovations to your home such as adding insulation or double glazing. Whilst renovations centred around sustainability do help the environment and our carbon footprint they also help to save money and improve your home’s resale potential, below we discuss some ways you can reap these benefits and create an eco-friendly home. 

Natural lighting

In our blog earlier this month, we discussed the benefits that room windows (insert link) create including, how they can help propel light further into your home and limit the amount of artificial light energy needed. Similarly, large windows such as sliding doors and bifold doors can also help to reduce the amount of artificial light and subsequent energy use helping to save money, conserve energy, and create a more inviting home.


Up to 40% of a home's heat, can be lost due to lack of insulation and a further 10% can be lost through windows. By upgrading to double or triple glazed windows and high-efficiency insulation, it can help to make homes cooler in summer and warmer during winter months, allowing you to save energy and reduce energy bills. Also, through the help of the government grant, it has never been easier or cheaper to make these changes to your home. If you're building a new home from scratch then using Insulated Concrete Framework can be a game-changer in terms of energy efficiency. 

Green Roofing

If you are planning a large-scale home renovation, a green roof is a great way to create a more sustainable home. Green roofs help to absorb heat from the sun and reduce the temperature of the roof during summer months but also assist housing heating systems during winter months by locking heat inside the home. Green roofs also absorb carbon dioxide and convert into oxygen contributing to air purification whilst also supporting wildlife habitats. Therefore, helping home's to reduce energy costs and support the health of their local environment.

Low- flow bathroom appliances 

If a new bathroom is on your home renovation agenda, by choosing a low-flow bathroom suite, you can help to save water and save on water bills. A standard toilet uses up to 30% of a home's total water usage; by introducing a dual-flush system, each flush uses less than 4 litres per flush, significantly reducing the amount of water used. Similarly, a low-flow showerhead can also help save water by using less than 10 litres a minute.  

At Arc Design Services, we specialise in architectural design dedicated to offering a fresh and exciting approach to every project. With this in mind, Arc Design Services could help you incorporate sustainability into your existing home, renovation or extension project allowing you to seamlessly save money and save the environment. Contact our experts today at Arc Design Services at or call 0161 928 4433. 

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