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Since the introduction of the United Nations 2030 Global Sustainable Development Goals initiative, humans have become more conscious towards sustainability. Many developers, custom homebuilders, architects, engineers and buyers are going green. There are various different materials being used for building homes to produce different aesthetics, whether you’re looking for townhouses for sale in Dubai or an igloo in Iceland, sustainability should play a big part.

Green building practices and materials can be easily applied to build a custom home today. Nevertheless, there are some specific green types of homes you might want to consider integrating your aesthetic into to get a greener home. Architects have experimented with lots of new materials that are sustainable, so what are different types of eco friendly sustainable homes?

Read below for the most popular types of sustainable homes and their benefits.

Prefabricated Homes

Usually referred as “Prefabs”, these homes are built in advance and not on site. They are constructed in parts and installments where each panel and module is shipped and assembled separately. The construction methods for these homes depends on you want a panel built or modular. Regardless these prefabricated homes have a modern sleek minimalist design. 

How are these houses sustainable and eco-friendly?  Since their parts are designed and built in a factory with very specific construction process, they produce less waste compared to homes that are built on site. Builders know exactly how much material they will be using since they are built panel by panel. Prefab homes have become a trend in the sustainable design world, so many manufacturers who care about the environment are using eco-friendly components and making sure they are all energy efficient in their designs.

Passive House

A passive home is designed and manufactured utilizing thorough sustainable practices. A passive house intends to achieve sustainability and comfort via its calculated design procedure with performance windows, flawless insulation and airtightness. Residents of a passive home will experience brilliant indoor air quality and temperatures. Especially if your home is built in cold places like Canada, the airtightness will reduce air leakages. So not only will a passive house reduce your energy costs but also be great for the environment.

Carbon Free Home

These homes are the best for your lowering your ecological footprint. A zero carbon home will produce more than sufficient renewable energy that it will equal out any slight energy costs and quite possibly produce more than they use, resulting in net positive.

These homes are often referred as “Net zero homes” or zero energy homes”. Carbon free homes are fairly a new concept, these homes rely on the new energy efficient smart technologies. There has been an increase of Carbon free homes being built around the world, including Canada and USA.

Mini Homes

These mini tiny homes have become a major green home trend and of course for the right reasons. They are the solution to living simple and leaving a minimal eco-logical footprint. These homes generally range between 100 to 400 square feet. Depending on your needs you can make them slightly bigger or smaller. Mini homes are designed to maximize the feeling of space by using recycled furniture, multi-rooms and lofts.

These homes are energy efficient for the obvious reasons, they require less energy, materials and space. Many tiny home builders are trying to use the most sustainable materials for construction, they are using non-toxic and recycled materials to make them sustainable.

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