Wind Design Homes: Creating Natural Air Flow
The increased interest in recent years about wind design and how to build eco-friendly homes has resulted in a slew of new building designs and home green technologies. One of those new technologies is the advent of homes that are designed to take advantage of natural air flow and low environmental impact.
Building for Maximum Effect
In the recent past, homes have been built with little concern about carbon footprints or how they would be cooled, provided an air conditioner or heating unit was installed to simply turn on if the weather turned warm or cold. In today's economic and eco-friendly building climate, however, more attention is being paid to homes that are built with the intention of actually reducing the carbon footprint that is made by the homeowner living in their home.
The result has been homes that are now built with windows to create cross-breeze ventilation and maximize retention of heat in the winter and reflection of heat in the summer months. Home building architecture that takes advantage of natural insulation and sun reflection are also gaining in popularity.
Straw Bale Homes
One of the newer innovations in home building is the use of low cost natural building materials in ways that use old technologies in new applications. Enter the straw bale home. Straw bales are used to build very thick walls that naturally insulate the home against cold in the winter and retain cool evening air during the summer. Straw bale homes are appropriate for building homes in almost any climate, including areas with high amounts of rainfall. The key is making sure the walls are completely sealed so that moisture does not seep into the bales. These homes reduce the need for large use of air conditioning and heating units and as a result, homeowners are able to reduce their need for power provided by a power company.
But home building architecture is only part of the solution to building homes for a better future and toward creating an ecologically conducive and sustainable future. The other part of the answer is to look at how power is generated for homes and businesses. Wind power has been used for thousands of years to generate power needed for human activity and is readily available in abundance.
Installing a wind turbine or windmill on a homeowner's property is an inexpensive answer to the question of creating sustainable power that is green and cost effective. Most homeowners are able to recoup their installation costs within a matter of months and reduce or eliminate their need for utility power within months.
Designing homes that take advantage of natural wind flow through a home and on a homeowner's property are old ideas that are coming back to be refreshed and renewed. With increased interest in building eco-friendly homes and reducing our carbon footprint in home ownership, building homes like straw bales homes and installing windmills on home properties are certainly two answers to our growing concerns about how to build a sustainable future that are worth investigating further.