Top 10 Energy-saving Building Strategies

by: Sara on 02/17/2015

The popularity of natural building has grown by leaps and bounds, spurred by a grassroots desire for housing that is healthy, affordable and environmentally responsible. Today's blog is from Catherine Wanek, co-author of the fully revised and updated, The Art of Natural Building, Design, Construction, Resources. It is the complete and user-friendly introduction to natural building for everyone from do-it-yourselfers to architects and designers.

ONE -   Build smaller, remodel rather than rebuild, use salvaged materials.

1- Building small & self sufficient

TWO -  Airtight construction – plug leaks and drafts for comfort and efficiency.

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THREE -  Solar Orientation – Let the sun shine in for free light and heat.

Passive solar design








FOUR -   Create a well-insulated building “envelope,” which makes a home like a thermos bottle – easy to heat and to cool.

Well-insulated building envelope








FIVE -  Incorporate Mass materials, like adobe, stone, brick and concrete inside your home, which moderates temperatures and enhances comfort.

SIX -   Design for “passive” cooling – capture cooling nighttime temperatures by opening windows and turning on fans for ventilation.

6 - cooling with seasonal shade












SEVEN -   Incorporate solar-heated water into your home.

7 - solar hot water

Solar Hot Water












EIGHT -   Incorporate renewable energy technologies for electricity.

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NINE -   Choose energy-optimized appliances and technology.

9 - energy thrify appliances (800x542)








TEN - Use low-embodied-energy materials.

10 - low embodied energy







ELEVEN - Be a smart homeowner –develop energy-thrifty habits & lifestyle.

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