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How to create a bioclimatic and healthy home in 10 simple steps

By following this brief guide, you can create a bioclimatic and healthy home. Some of these tips must be taken into account when designing the property but others can be achieved by making some changes to your existing home. 




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1 The building should be south facing. Experiment with latitude and eaves to let natural light in winter and shade in summer. 


2 Plant deciduous trees in your garden. They will provide shade in summer. 


3 Place windows on the terraces facing south, like a gallery, to achieve a natural greenhouse effect in winter. 


4 Walls, partition walls and solid materials retain a greater amount of heat, which does not escape easily. These elements have higher insulation effect. 


5 If you have a chimney, use a self-priming thermoeletal cap. This prevents the smoke from returning in the house and extracts the fumes better. 


6 Put trapdoors on the ceiling and skylights on the roof. They will allow natural light to enter your home. Since they can be opened, they will allow you to air your home better during the hot summer months using cross ventilation. 


7 Take advantage of the natural insulation on walls and the waterproofing membranes on the roof. 


8 When possible, use the construction materials that are suitable for your area. 


9 Make sure that the materials used are radioactive safe. They must not emit more than 180 mrad / year, or release radon gas which is dangerous to health. 


10 Find the right electrical balance for your home. For this you have to adjust the values ​​between 120 and 300 volts per metre. It will help you if you do not use synthetic or ferromagnetic materials since they generate a lot of electrostatic charge.


Author: Enrique Teruel Soria, the real estate consultant in Engel & Völkers Northwest area.




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