From lowering our plastic consumption to becoming more energy efficient, it is becoming ever more important to have a light environmental impact. So if you’re thinking of embarking on a loft conversion and want to be mindful of its impact on the planet, read our guide on how to have an environmentally friendly loft.
What are the benefits of an eco-friendly Loft?
There are a number of benefits for having an eco-friendly loft, which goes beyond helping the environment. It can:
- Help reduce your household energy bills
- In some cases Improve your health
- Reduce waste
- Improve comfort within the home
Recycled and environmentally friendly materials
When undertaking a loft conversion, the use of sustainable or low environment impact products will not only make your loft eco-friendly but could also help your bank balance too.
Using timber for walls where possible is more environmentally sustainable than brick or concrete. Not only is wood a breathable material, which will help maintain comfortable air quality, it also acts as excellent insulation. Brick and concrete construction can lead to a loft conversion becoming humid and uncomfortable; also, these materials can be more expensive than wood. When choosing what type of timber you use, make sure it’s certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This is an international certification, so whether you are sourcing your wood from the UK, Canada or Scandinavia, you can rest assured that if you see the FSC logo it has come from a sustainable source.
When it comes to the roof, the best option is to re-use the tiles you already have. If this is not possible, then consider using eco-friendly materials such as recycled shingles that are made out of rubber and wood fibre.
Humans have been using insulation made of organic substances since we first started to build permanent dwellings. Organic insulation is effective and can be made out a mix of numerous materials such as sheep’s wool, recycled newspaper, hemp or cork; straw bales can also be used. Most of this material has the added advantage of being non-toxic, a non-irritant and it can also be fire and rodent resistant.
Will having an eco-friendly loft bring my energy bills down?
If you use the right materials, you can usually reduce your energy bills. The cost of consuming energy is only going to go up, so anything that reduces your energy usage, now and into the future, is a worthwhile investment. The best way to reduce wasteful energy is by using highly effective insulation, triple glazing and intelligent ventilation. This helps to keep heat in while keeping air circulating. Another simple way to keep your energy costs low is with energy-efficient lighting such as low-energy LED bulbs.
Being environmentally friendly does not have to end once the build is finished. When it comes to decorating, you can opt to use non-toxic or eco paints made with natural materials. If you are papering your walls then you can choose between wallpaper that is recycled, FSC approved or made out of natural materials such as vegetable fibre. If you wish to keep your furniture eco-friendly, you can opt for second-hand or up-cycled products.
Solar powered Velux windows
If you are installing Velux windows as part of your loft conversion, you can opt for passive house options that are controlled by solar power. Velux became the first to manufacture roof windows that are certified for Passive House building in cold climates. These windows consist of triple outer glazing and an additional inner double-glazing. They also feature solar powered shutters, which can be controlled by a touch-screen control pad.
If you want to expand your living space and undertake a loft conversion in London, contact Simply Loft for a free site survey.Share this: