If you are fortunate enough to be in a position where you can design your own living space, there is indeed much to consider, and with energy efficiency at the forefront of your mind, you could design a home that uses clean and renewable energy, and with the right composite materials, you can enjoy the best insulation.
Thanks to people like Elon Musk, you can now buy roofing tiles that are also solar panels, and no one would ever know you are running solar power! Solar panels have been around for a few years already, yet designs now incorporate the panel into the tile itself, which takes solar panels to a new level. The roof tiles are also great insulators, ensuring that your interior remains at the desired temperature, and while these solar roofing tiles are not exactly cheap, it is a one-off investment that will pay dividends over time.
There are several composite materials that come in stylish and elegant woodgrain finishes, and while solid timber is nice, it isn’t exactly eco-friendly, plus you have a lot of maintenance with seasoned wood. If you are based in Bangkok, look no further than Vispac for all your building needs, they even have their own in-house design team and can carry out top quality work, should you require it. Specialist building materials are not readily available at most building supplies companies, but there are those that focus on eco-friendly solutions, and they can easily be found with a Google search.
Luxury vinyl tiles are incredible, with hi-res digital images of stunning hardwood, stone and even slate finishes, and vinyl flooring ticks all the boxes from the homeowner’s perspective. You could clad your study with plank vinyl or laminate, which looks stunning when installed by a professional, but for flooring, you really can’t beat the latest generation of luxury vinyl.
Whether you live in a hot or cold climate, triple glazing offers worthwhile benefits, as that extra pane of glass virtually eliminates all heat transfer, keeping your energy bills down to an acceptable level. The level of sound insulation is also amazing, and the background noise of dogs barking and lawnmowers working will fade into nothing. The energy savings will make triple glazing a wise investment and if you are using solar power, you can get eco-friendlier than that!
If the garage or an outdoor building is to have a flat roof, there is special insulated aluminium that is ideal, as it reflects most of the sun’s heat, keeping the interior 5-10 degrees cooler. Your local building supplies company would have this product in stock, as it is very popular, plus it never requires maintenance and can stand the test of time.
You have a unique opportunity to create your own living space, and by making the best use of available technology and composite materials, your dream home will be very energy efficient and cheap to run.