Planning a loft conversion has its own sets of processes and requirements, from ensuring that your loft space meets building regulations through to creating plans that work within your permitted developments (or getting planning permission for your loft).
Building an eco-friendly loft conversion adds another set of considerations to your build, and a lot of other items to think about.
Are you going to take a ‘fabric first’ approach to your build? This means looking at the materials that you use for the build and considering the carbon emissions and energy involved in creating, transporting and using those materials. It’s an increasingly popular approach, and one that lets you reduce your costs while improving the comfort of your rooms and the thermal efficiency of your home.
Since you’re already doing building work on the roof, you may want to consider adding solar panels to your home. If your roof is suitable, this can drastically reduce your heating bills and even provide passive income for you to sell electricity back to your provider.
What are Your Aims?
For some people, a green loft conversion is just a way to save money and improve their home. For others, it’s part of a bigger part of their approach to the environment and their general philosophy. If you want to save money, you can focus on insulation, triple glazing, and other items to improve your home’s thermal efficiency while adding green energy sources. If you want to reduce the number of pollutants in your home, you may want to consider your cleaning methods and other items that furnish your loft conversion rather than focusing entirely on the build.
Once you’ve decided on your aims, incorporate those plans into the design for your loft conversion. If you clearly identify your plans, you’ll be far happier with your loft conversion in the long run.
Green building is an investment in the environment, but it’s also a financial investment that can save money for your household over the next few decades. Looking at the long term impact of your decisions helps frame every purchase.