Ecological building & sustainability
Sustainability and healthy living are at the heart of this feature. Ecological materials that create a positive indoor climate, such as wood, can also do something for the environment at the same time: and thus again promote the well-being of the occupants.
Native tree and wood species
Wood as a building material is considered to be ecologically valuable and wooden houses are increasing in popularity. However, wood is also used, for example, in furniture construction and in the paper industry. In this article you will learn what species of trees and wood in this country and what they are used for.
Interior design that promotes health
Harmful substances in furniture, paints, floor coverings and textiles impair the well-being within one's own four walls. Consequences can be headaches and allergies. With the help of certificates and eco-labels you can see which materials are harmless for your Wohngesund.
The Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV)
The Energy Saving Ordinance - EnEV - sets binding standards with regard to energy efficiency. Here, construction methods such as insulation and building services come into play, but also the electricity mix with regard to the energy balance. In addition, building owners are required to maintain an energy certificate. Find out about the background and provisions of the EnEV 2014 in this article.
The energy certificate
Every builder is obliged to keep an energy certificate for the new house. The energy certificate must already be submitted with the building application for the building permit - after completion of the building it must be checked and, if necessary, updated. be adjusted. You will find all information about the requirement certificate, consumer certificate, who issues energy certificates, the obligations of the building owner and the costs incurred in this article.
Do it Yourself - DIY - is currently on everyone's lips. In addition, the upcycling of wood promises the useful recycling of waste wood. We show what you can do yourself. In addition, professional furniture makers are more and more committed to this trend and create high-quality furniture from reclaimed wood. Learn more in this article!
The cascade use of wood
Wood as a building material is so popular not least because it is considered to be ecologically valuable. Often, however, the economy does not handle the raw material wood very efficiently. Multiple or cascade use could still be implemented much more efficiently in many areas. Read more in this article.
Building biology and climate change
Building biology studies the interactions of health, building, housing and the environment. It can often reveal hidden sources of pollution. Furthermore, it has significance for the ecological optimization of construction processes and can thus contribute to climate protection. Read more in this article.
Solar thermal for hot water and heating
With solar thermal energy, solar energy can be used for sustainable hot water preparation and, to a lesser extent, for heating. Find out in this article about the benefits of solar thermal energy as a sustainable element for the energy balance.
Ecological certifications and seals of approval
Ecological building is on everyone's lips. Ecological building products promise advantages for your own health and the environment, a better indoor climate and cost savings. But which certificates and seals of approval are there? And what exactly do they stand for?
Seal of Approval for Buildings
The word healthy living is very trendy today. Many suppliers advertise that they build with particularly low emissions. Builders can use some seals of approval for buildings to check whether the providers keep what they promise. Here you will find an overview of the most important certificates and environmental labels.
Ecological and sustainable house construction
In this article, we provide information on what you need to pay particular attention to when building an ecological and sustainable house, whether providers really implement the advertised ecological standard and how you can save costs by taking the initiative in building a house in view of the higher investment in ecology and sustainability.
Expert tips on photovoltaic systems
The purchase of a photovoltaic system has a positive effect on the energy balance of your house and is therefore becoming more and more popular among property owners. However, there are significant differences in the far-reaching offer. This article tells you what to consider before you buy.
For environmentally conscious builders, there is usually no question that they want to get their electricity from a green electricity provider. Find out in this article how the green electricity providers Polarstern, Naturstrom, Lichtblick, EWS and Greenpeace do in our ranking.
Ecological insulation materials
Many builders doubt the environmental friendliness of conventional insulating materials and therefore prefer ecological alternatives such as jute, hemp, coconut, flax or cellulose. But which ecological insulating material should you choose and what costs do you have to reckon with?
With a green roof you install a protective and insulating layer and save energy costs. You can find out here which requirements your roof must meet and which subsidies you receive.
Natural building material wood
Wooden houses have a high thermal insulation requirement and thus save energy costs. More pros and cons here.
Several hot topics come together under the heading of ecological building : healthy living , energy efficiency and, last but not least, climate protection. For many years now, the world has been debating global warming and finite resources that we will have used up sooner or, so the quiet hope, later. Again and again we […]
Headaches, frequent sneezing, coughing and dizziness can be symptoms of an unhealthy environment. You can find out here how you can optimize your interior to this effect.
Ecological building materials
What natural building materials are there? How can they be used and which seals of approval are relevant? Read our article on ecological building materials.
Expert interview on photovoltaic systems
Find out here why there are reasons for purchasing a photovoltaic system and how high the costs are.