Are you aware that you can be ecological when renovating or constructing something? For example, you can renovate your home as sustainably as possible. Because here too, climate and environmental protection, as well as the conscious use of resources, play an important role. For safety purposes, use access mats when building or renovating.
The ecological footprint when renovating
Use existing space
According to experts, the most sustainable option is to move into an apartment or house that is already there instead of building in a new, previously undeveloped area. Even if the old building has to be refurbished, renovated and modernized, it is the most preferable from an ecological point of view in order to conserve natural resources.
Development calls for space and raw materials, and wood is the most called for when it comes to building and development. When trees are cut down, it typically takes years before it gets replaced with a new one. The space where once trees had occupied will become another structure with new dwellers, and thus existing space gets wasted with no dwellers.
Be careful with raw materials
Your lifestyle uses up raw materials. Just like in fast fashion, how it is dealt with also plays a role in building. You are talking about wood, stone, sand, concrete, etc.
Wood seems to be the most in demand of all raw materials. It has a good CO2 balance, requires little energy and, with the right construction, can withstand fire for a good 90 minutes, just like other fire-resistant building materials. Of course, wood from regions where sustainable wood cultivation is not transparently traceable is critical. Timber construction is also faster and more flexible when it comes to renovations.
Regardless of whether wood, petroleum-based raw materials or mineral raw materials are used, the simple formula generally applies. Less new construction means less raw material consumption. In terms of sustainability, more newly built space also means an expansion of the infrastructure.
Low Energy = Low Impact
Sustainable living means eco-energy. Because one measure that saves tons of CO2 every year (but which is not visible in contrast to chic second-hand or eco-friendly furniture) is the switch to green electricity. Switching to 100 percent green energy will reduce your own CO2 footprint by around a quarter.