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The Eco House
By: Kira Black, Production Assistant
We are living during a time where a change needs to happen and the change needs to begin at home or the reconstructing of our homes. With the high effects from global warming we all need to start thinking or seeking to live in an eco-friendly environment. The increasing global temperature change is raising concern for people and our solution is to use natural materials to build homes and businesses. There are studies that preach switching to eco-friendly products will decrease the harmful effects of gases into our environment.
“Natural Building” is a term that describes the use of natural materials as opposed to the use of man-made or industrial materials. Our focus needs to be directed toward the ways of building homes that minimizes the use of products that require a sizable amount of energy from their manufacturing and transportation. Most green houses are uniquely, artistically designed and a homeowner saves money on the energy expenses because green houses run on solar and wind power (reusable/non pollutant resources).
There is a housing company based in Phoenix, AZ that provides affordable ecological housing for residential communities called Upcycle Living. The creators of Upcycle Living built these eco-friendly structures out of four remodeled shipping containers which is proven to be extremely durable. The house is made into two floors, two bedrooms, and two-and-a-half bathrooms while furnished with bamboo cabinets, dual-flush toilets, Energy Star appliances and low-flow showerheads. “The inspiration for Upcycle Living came from our desire to create a quality housing project that was sustainable yet affordable, durable and mobile in nature,” says Ashton Wolfswinkel, the co-founder of Upcycle Living.
The goal with eco-friendly housing is to build homes from simple techniques that will not further pollute the environment or prolong the consumption of fossil fuels. We need to desist from our extraction of resources from our Mother Earth and switch to reusable, less pollutant materials that will in the long run save this planet.
Research what natural materials that you can integrate into your home that will decrease your carbon footprint and help make a significant contribution to the environment.