Types and Features of Eco Friendly Homes Design

Eco friendly features implemented into our homes are a big step forward to helping our environment. The eco friendly homes are environmentally designed and built using materials and technology that reduces their carbon footprint and lowers their energy needs.

Anything we can do to reduce carbon emissions is important, and there are many options available. In this article, you can find out more about the types and features of eco friendly homes


The solar-type of the home has advanced eco-friendly systems. With its features, you can say goodbye to a conventional boiler. You’ll enjoy your solar-powered climate control and fresh air ventilation. Solar homes have winter and summer shadowing programs, which maximize the warmth in your home without making you sweat.

an eco friendly home with solar panels
Solar homes have advanced eco-friendly systems

The temperature is being controlled through solar panels on rooftops and expansive windows. These eco friendly homes usually come with a high lifter water pump. That type of pump doesn’t use fossil fuels like other water pumps. Instead, it sends water into your home without leaving a big carbon footprint.

Living wall

If you don’t have space for a back garden, you can have one on the side of your home instead. You can welcome green without a need to water and mow the lawn every few days. Modern designs allow you to grow an entire green space either on your roof or side of your house. These types of eco friendly homes have many benefits, such as:

  • Providing you with excellent insulation
  • Reducing noise pollution
  • An interesting appearance of your home

Living walls are built through the installation of packs of soil onto the wall. They often come with a water delivery system. These types of walls reduce erosion to your brickwork and are especially popular in urban environments, as they absorb carbon dioxide and improve the air quality of the area.

Eco friendly homes that have this feature absorb heat from the outside created by car fumes or solar rays. Besides, they don’t re-emit the high temperatures the way buildings do.

Tiny Home

Tiny eco friendly homes are an economical, environmental solution to living simply. Sometimes, they are also mobile, so you can fit them on a trailer and move to a different location. This type of eco friendly home maximizes the feeling of space. Tiny homes usually have multi-use rooms and convertible furniture.

eco friendly home surrounded by beautiful nature
Tiny homes are charming and economical as well

They are sustainable and so popular because they use fewer materials, energy, and space than other average-sized homes. Materials that are used for building tiny homes are often reclaimed, local, and non-toxic. They lessen the impact on the planet. Tiny homes come with many advantages, such as:

  • Avoiding lifelong mortgage
  • Save money on energy bills
  • Easing the environmental footprint
  • Having more freedom, as less stuff means more mobility
  • These types of homes are bursting with personality and charm

Rammed Earth

The walls of this type of eco friendly home are built entirely of tightly packed soil, so the house has good insulation and protection. The fused soil gives a smooth rock design to the walls and allows a modern look.

A specially formulated soil that is used for this type of home can withstand lots of weather since the walls of this structure are incredibly thick. As a result, the interior is quiet, and the level of comfort and cosiness increases.

The aggregate that goes into this type of home can be a very low greenhouse gas emission product. All in all, there are many apparent pros of this type of sustainable home, which looks unique yet sophisticated.

  • It’s strong
  • Low-maintenance
  • Fire and pest resistant, and
  • Breathable

Furthermore, it shows its durability and beauty over time. Yet, the only con is that this type of construction is still costly since it requires a lot of labour-intensive work. However, if you have enough money for your dream home, consider this option.



“Prefabricated” houses are becoming very popular. They are built off-site in parts (panels or modules), transported to the plot, and assembled on site. The way these eco friendly homes are premade with no skips and exact measurements ensures no waste is produced in the construction.

A beautiful prefab eco friendly home with a pool
Prefab eco-friendly homes are not so expensive, even though they are very durable

Prefab homes are considered luxury homes, as they come in a range of sleek and modern designs. Furthermore, manufacturers include sustainable components and energy efficiency in the design. Even though they have eco-friendly features, such as solar panels, they are inexpensive houses. Moreover, they require low maintenance and are very durable.

Zero Carbon

As their name says, the Zero Carbon type of home has no carbon emissions. If you want a sustainable, eco-efficient home that doesn’t contribute to climate change, this may be an option to consider.

Even though these homes look like traditional homes, they are airtight, low-energy, and equipped with the newest eco-friendly and smart technology. They generate all their energy from sustainable sources and allow you to live an eco-conscious life.

Embrace the features of eco friendly homes

The majority of homes can become zero carbon by investing in eco-friendly materials, solar panels, insulation, and a water pump. That not only benefits our environment, but these features will also pay for themselves and reduce your utility bills.

Proper insulation is crucial to make your home energy-efficient, quiet and warm. It means packing the walls, ceiling, and boiler room with plenty of insulating material. Installing smaller windows with double-glazing will also help in keeping the heat inside your house while reducing outside noise and drafts.

Rugs and carpets also aid in maintaining the temperature of your home. When it comes to important features of eco friendly homes, energy-efficient appliances are also very important, as they need less electricity or water to run. Also, remember to buy LED lighting.

If you want to go small scale, you can start with collecting rainwater. You won’t have to get the hose out to water the plants and your water bill will be lower.

Furthermore, think about storing your items in a green and sustainable way. Use only cardboard boxes for the disposal of unnecessary stuff. Recycle and re-use items whenever possible. All these little steps will help you live a “greener” life.

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Final thoughts

There are many types and features of eco friendly homes, and any of them will ensure that you live in a low-impact and sustainable environment. The best thing about this is that you can mix almost any of the available green home building techniques to suit your requirements and make your ideal eco-home.

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I am Adegboyega Tunde Temitayo. A registered Town Planner with the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) and Town Planners Registration Council (TOPREC).

I love to think differently and possibly on various Urban and Regional Planning issues to proffer solutions to Urban and Rural Environmental Problems. You can subscribe to my YouTube Channel

As the Chief Editor of Town Planners Diary, I humbly welcome you to this platform which is about enhancing Planning Education through research on various Town Planning and Environmental issues.

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