Get all The Amenities You Need
When it comes to green bathroom remodeling ideas one of the assumptions by newbie home remodelers is that you cannot get a high-end bathing space with all the modern amenities if you decide to go green, which is completely false. While green interior design ideas should indeed focus on improving energy efficiency, reducing indoor air pollution and making the best use of recycled building materials, creating a more environmentally friendly washroom using recycled and eco-friendly building materials is a lot more plausible and affordable than you may think.
In recent years thoughtfully designing your lavatory to help out future generations or just to reduce your carbon output has taken on a whole new meaning as it has become more socially acceptable to use recycled products. Many governments have even passed legislation to ban out-dated construction methods and unsafe building materials to make our homes less toxic and safer to live in.
Joining the ecological “green club” is fast becoming the norm as even contractors, seeing the growing green trends have begun seeking out qualified eco-friendly suppliers to meet the growing demand. Don`t get me wrong while environmentally friendly products have incrementally come down in price during the last couple of years, the manufacturing of these recycled goods is still more expensive than conventional construction materials.
However, with more governments jumping on board the cause and in lieu of greater acceptance of consumer responsibility resulting in greater economies of scale, the price of green bathroom remodeling is sure to become even more affordable in the future.
What Does it Mean to Go Green
Many homeowners are perplexed as to what it actually means to go green when remodeling their lavatory. There are so many products on the market that claim to be greener than the next, how do we as consumers measure how green a product really is for our bathrooms.
The only answer that I can give you is find out what the government legislation sets as the bar and find products that meet or exceed the expectations of the regulations. The idea of going green in your washroom is essentially to find cutting edge eco-conscious building materials to promote good heath, clean water and clean air with a reduction of energy and water consumption.
And remember sustainability is also another important factor so build with durable long lasting materials. If a bathroom is planned out properly and well-designed this will result in less maintenance and inevitably fewer repairs in the end which means you can even postpone the need for costly remodels.
So what are some ways we can create a cleaner and safer living space? We all know about water saving washroom appliances but what about building materials?
Eco-Friendly Bath Furniture
One good green powder room decorating idea is to avoid prefabricated building materials that contain formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds. VOC’s are produced in the manufacturing process and off-gas over the life-span of the product.
Storage cabinets and vanities are some of the largest fixtures in your bath collection. By purchasing vanities that do not contain particle board, formaldehyde and other VOC’s you will make your bathroom less toxic and keep our air clean.
Products made from bamboo and other renewable materials made from sustainable harvested wood products like cork are acceptable alternatives for refitting your bath. And don’t forget about recycled lumber and construction materials such as nails, concrete, tiles and bricks that can also contribute to your eco-orientated upgrade.
Using Recycled and Composite Green Building Materials
For your floors, linoleum made from linseed, oil, wood flour and resin is a better option than vinyl flooring. A good alternative to the less renewable natural stones are countertops made of composite terrazzo products. This product is made from recycled glass is not only durable but it also comes in smaller pieces that can be used for tiling surfaces.
Speaking of glass, another good remodeling idea for your walls is to incorporate recycled glass, porcelain and ceramic tiles when up dating your grooming space. A large percentage of waste in our landfills comes from building construction waste, by reusing these materials we will also reduce the build-up of greenhouse gases in our overflowing landfills.
Purchasing Water Saving and Energy Efficient Green Bathroom Fixtures
Mature homes usually have out-dated bath appliances that are notorious water wasters and energy hogs. Older toilets consumed as much as five gallons per flush as compared to the newer dual-flush water saving toilet models at 1.6 gallons per flush. Aerators and low flow faucets, for the environmentally conscious remodeler, can help you save a bundle on your yearly hydro bill.
While the initial cost of taking out the old fixtures to replace them with low-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads and faucets may be costly as a one shot deal, however the less water and electricity that you use down the road the more you will recuperate your cost through more efficient energy reduction and less powder room repairs. Give your old fixtures to recycling centers to salvage the components and usable metals.
Another way to ensure you are going green when remodeling your bathroom is to look for the Energy Star logo when purchasing exhaust fans and lighting fixtures for your washroom to reap the benefits of this trend. Replacing your old incandescent bulbs with more modern compact florescent lamps can save you a noticeable sum on your electricity bill.
Another way to implement green changes in your home is by purchasing a tankless water system. Tankless water heaters give you hot water on demand so you are not wasting precious energy by keeping the pilot light on to ensure your hot water tank is constantly hot.
Green home improvements is all about re-using the building materials that we can and by choosing products that reduce our energy and water consumption so that these resources will be around for our children’s children to use.