Eco Friendly Classrooms and Nurseries

Eco friendly Classrooms and Nurseries

Eco-friendly, or ecological, construction is building a structure that is beneficial or non-harmful to the environment, and resource efficient. This is also known as green building, this type of construction is efficient in its use of local and renewable materials as well as in the energy required to build it and the energy generated while being within it.

Eco-friendly construction is developed in response to the knowledge that buildings often have a negative impact upon our environment and our natural resources. This includes transporting materials hundreds or thousands of miles which has a negative impact in the energy required to transport them. It also takes into consideration emissions of hazardous chemicals from a poorly designed building that creates and traps them.

Many options are now available to those wishing to design and build an eco-friendly dwelling. Architects, engineers and builders worldwide are now using construction techniques that have been developed throughout human history. This is in response to local environmental concerns and the physical resource opportunities available, coupled with 21st century technological refinements.

In more conventional building construction, it is how technology and building materials merge and create ecological resources that are the key to green success, as well as using simple and readily available materials.

For example, using pulped recycled paper for roof insulation is a simple but highly effective ecological resource. The damage to human health from asbestos insulation, laid out in rolls in thousands of UK homes, is now well known. Not only this but asbestos takes hundreds of years to decompose in landfill.

Other features of an ecological building might include :

 

  • The varied use of solar panels for domestic hot water and heating,
  • Water conservation, including such things like biological waste water treatment and re-use, and the simple collection and recycling of rainwater for garden use,
  • Low energy lightbulbs, which can last up to 100 times longer than regular bulbs,
  • Cellulose insulation (like the paper in the above example),
  • Non-toxic or lead-free paints and wood preservatives,
  • Locally-grown and harvested timber from sustainably managed forests.

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