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PostHeaderIcon Things to Keep in Mind Before Building a Green Home

4728-22201rdThese days, more and more people are starting to be aware of our critical environment condition. If you are one of this people and are looking for one way to hamper global warming, this is the right article for you.

Green homes are the perfect choice for anyone who wants to participate in saving the earth. It requires much less energy than the ordinary house. Builders in your area may not be quite familiar with this concept, but you can start searching for further information about green houses and then share it to your builder.

Green houses are not only about installing solar panels. It must consider the whole house as a system that works together in order to achieve the goal, which is to use as little energy as possible and to not pollute the air and water around it. You have to observe your house’s surroundings and find out which methods will work best with the environment.

Keep in mind that your house is still a shelter and a home that must be convenient and comfortable for all members of the family. You can use many techniques and methods, but don’t let these things reduce the comfort that it has to offer. After all, it is there to make living easier, not the otherwise.

Going green in building a green house has to be started from the designing phase to the building of the house. You can do this by using environmental friendly pens and papers when designing the house, limit the materials that are not recyclable in the building phase, and request the construction waste to be recycled after the building process is done. Not only the house will be green, but also the process of building the house.

PostHeaderIcon The Advantages of Terracotta Roofing Tiles

From Roman times, men have been using tiles as roofing on buildings. Terracotta tiles, clay that is fired at a high temperature, are commonly found in Spanish Missions and Italianate Villas. But now it is used in almost any building style, because it is suitable for any of them.

Due to its material, terracotta tiles are environmental friendly, it can be recycled and does no harm to the environment. The vitrification that happens in the production process makes a waterproof layer on the surface of the tiles, that can last up to 100 years without any maintenance.


You may found this roof in red, as how it’s found traditionally. Red is a bright, quite reflective color. Compared to the dark-colored roofs, the light-colored ones are reflecting more heat. As the result, the roofs can be 70 degrees cooler and cost lower energy. You can be inside the house without turning the air conditioner on.

Because more and more people are aware of the environmental issues, many manufacturers have improved the clay tiles, make it reflects more heat and has more colors. Now you can decorate your house with roofs that decrease your electricity cost.

According to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications, there are three grades of clay tiles:

  • Grade 1 tiles can endure in extreme freeze and thaw cycles, they have no pores.
  • Grade 2 tiles can endure in moderate cycles.
  • Grade 3 tiles are more permeable.

Additionally, some manufacturers layer their tiles with glaze. This layer will prevent color fading and protect the tile itself. Thus, there are many advantages a terracotta tile has to offer. The decision is up to you now.