Eco-Friendly ADUs: Reducing Your Environmental Footprint

Domain Construction Services, Inc.
June 5, 2024
3 min read

At Domain Construction, we prioritize sustainability in every project. As advocates for green building and green living, we understand the importance of reducing waste and environmental impact.

Here, we share our top tips for creating a sustainable ADU (accessory dwelling unit) that not only benefits the planet but also saves you money.

Embrace Sustainable Living With These Eco-Friendly ADU Tips!

Eco-friendly ADU in Austin, Texas

Smart Building Design and Construction

The Right Orientation and Configuration: Build your ADU unit to capture the natural light and heat of the sun with strategically placed south-facing windows and overhangs to shade the unit during the summer months in Texas.

Tight Building Envelope: Seal any air infiltration around windows, doors and ductwork with superior caulking, weather stripping and flashing. A tight ADU envelope prevents energy waste by stopping the escape of heated or cooled air!

High R-Value Insulation: Include high R-rated insulation in the walls, ceilings and floors of your ADU. Recycled denim, cellulose or cork insulation offers a high R-value while reducing construction waste from landfills.

Double Paned Low-E Windows: Double-paned windows with Low-E (low emissivity) coatings allow natural light while reflecting interior heat during the winter and summer to reduce heat loss and heat gain.

Sustainable Building Materials

Recycled Materials and Reclaimed Wood: Consider using sustainable materials such as reclaimed wood or recycled materials for building components. This process not only reduces the demand for virgin lumber but also reuses material that would otherwise be destined for the landfill, highlighting their environmental benefits and resource efficiency.

Low-VOC Paints and Finishes: Interior paints, stains and coatings contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Choose low VOC materials to contribute to better indoor air quality and less impact on the environment.

Sustainable Concrete Alternatives: There are many alternate concrete mixes that use natural fibers and lime to create a monolithic insulation that is very strong. Hempcrete is a great example of this type of insulation made from hemp fibers.

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Renewable Energy Sources & Energy Efficient Appliances

Solar Panels: Making your own renewable energy by installing solar panels while cutting your carbon footprint can significantly lower your utility bills.

Rainwater Harvesting Systems: Using systems to collect and reuse rainwater for irrigation provides as a better option compared to city water.

Green Roof: Adding a green roof with plants can improve insulation and reduce rainwater runoff. They also are a great combination with solar panels.

LED Lighting: Using energy-efficient LED lighting in your ADU cuts electricity costs by having lights that last longer.

Smart Home Technology: Incorporate smart thermostats, lighting controls, and energy monitoring systems to help reduce energy consumption. These technologies allow you to optimize energy use, schedule temperature adjustments, and monitor energy efficiency, making your ADU a smart and sustainable living space.

Versatile and Adaptable Design for Sustainable ADUs

Compact and Efficient Design: A well-designed ADU maximizes your living space, reducing the overall material usage and environmental footprint compared to larger structures.

Eco-Friendly Landscaping: Use native plants and xeriscaping techniques in the garden to minimize water use and support local biodiversity.

Bonus Eco-Tip: Bamboo and Cork for Sustainable Accessory Dwelling Units

Bamboo Flooring: Use bamboo, a rapidly renewable resource, for flooring. Bamboo grows much faster than traditional hardwoods, making it a more energy efficient choice.

Cork Insulation: Use cork for insulation, which is a renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable material with excellent thermal and acoustic properties for your accessory dwelling unit

Pursuing energy efficiency with Your Sustainable ADU in Austin Texas

Building an eco-friendly ADU in Austin is not just about creating a sustainable living space; it's a statement of our commitment to a greener future. By implementing the tips shared here, you can reduce your environmental footprint and contribute to a more sustainable Austin. Let's continue to make conscious choices that benefit both our homes and our planet. Happy Environmental Day!

Ready to be part of the eco-friendly solution?

Contact us for a free consultation - 14 Years Strong and Female-Owned. Domain Construction is your trusted construction partner in sustainable ADUs in Austin, Texas.

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