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Eco-friendly ideas that could change the way you think about design

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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These days, we're always looking to  lower our carbon footprint or reduce the amount of waste we produce, eat less 'irresponsibly' sourced food and more organic produce. This is an especially hot topic in the world of design: eco-warriors form all over the world are trying to resource locally and use sustainable materials whilst still trying to remain discernible in their profession.

Today we're going to show you a selection of people who have gone all out to achieve as little besmirching of the planets good face as possible and also some designers that have used very resourceful methods to ensure that there is as little material waste as possible in their designs.    

Solar powered housing

 Houses by Jesteburger Sonnenhäuser GmbH & Co. KG
Jesteburger Sonnenhäuser GmbH & Co. KG

Jesteburger Sonnenhäuser – die wichtigsten Fakten auf einen Blick

Jesteburger Sonnenhäuser GmbH & Co. KG

This is a solar power housing project in Germany, where the installation of solar panels on the roofs of each house generates enough energy to power the carefully built house underneath. Extra think brick walls (52’) and each square metre of the house only requires 8kWh per year, a rate that was actually lower than forecast. If you think that comfort has been substituted for this though, you'd be wrong: each floor is heated via a pumping system that flows around the house and is also connected with the rest of the heating for the house; conserving energy. High quality and energy saving equipment also aids tremendously in reducing energy output and increasing living standards! 

Chlorine free pond filtration

Using the latest technological methods and by using an all natural filtration, this pond is able to remain clean; without using the traditional chemical based tactics. 

Responsibly resourced building materials

The construction of this house was made only of renewable, sustainable and environmentally friendly building materials. As you can see, there has been no compromise made for style to achieve this as the place looks as fresh and open on the inside as it does on the outside!

Wooden pouffe

 Dining room by Amaris Elements
Amaris Elements

Hocker Teakholz

Amaris Elements

The designer of this wooden pouffe has gone all out to ensure minimal material usage and, as a result, has created not only an aesthetically pleasing product, but a multi purpose design that should stand the test of time; the pouffe doubles up as a table, side table, chair and stand -due to its more robust nature. Who needs upholstery, when you can has style and practicality. 

Natural roofing

If you're looking for a way to insulate your roof, without causing carbon shoe size to go up a size, then you might have given something like thatch a though. However, if you're looking for a natural and less expensive alternative, then a moss roof could be just what you're looking for: think and damp in the winter -causing little heat intake of outlet-, dry and loose in the summer -allowing heat to escape easily.  

Looking for more great house designs? Take a look at some tips on house plans and house plants

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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