A ‘Green Guide’ to Building Your Home in the BVI’s

To preserve the natural beauty, vegetation, and tropical blue waters of the Caribbean, real estate in the British Virgin Islands is becoming increasingly ‘Green.’ If you are planning on building a home here in the BVI or need to make some environmentally friendly updates to your existing place, these are some materials you want to consider using to have your home looking amazing while eliminating its footprint on our Caribbean ecosystem.

  1. Tropical Hardwoods. Typically one will treat the wood on their home to help it withstand the elements such as wind or rain. The chemicals used in this process are harmful to the environment especially if it will be burned in the future. A great alternative to treating wood is the use of tropical hardwoods such as ipe and tigerwood. They are more resistant to decay and are gorgeous materials for the style of your home.
  2. Waste-water Systems. Be sure to install a waste-water system in your Caribbean home to conserve water. In areas such as your shower you can install teak flooring where the water will seep through and be collected in a cistern. This water can then be used to replenish things such as your garden. In addition to this, water efficient sink faucets and irrigation systems in your garden will also help preserve water.
  3. EcoStud. This furring product is made of 100% recycled material and serves to support finished materials in a room such as the insert between brick and concrete when hanging drywall. EcoStud is perfect for homes being built in coastal areas. It’s light, easy to install, and serves as a good sound barrier between walls.
  4. Cork Rubber Flooring. Companies such as Zandur now carry flooring that is 65% recycled material. The mixture of cork and rubber also serves as an extremely comfortable and easy-to-clean flooring alternative. Zandur has cork rubber flooring in 48 color, plenty of options to fit your style.
  5. Bamboo. Due to its ability to grow at a rapid rate, bamboo is very sustainable and serves as an easy alternative to other building materials. The use of bamboo helps lighten your impact on the vegetation around your home. It’s important to use it correctly so its structure remains strong. Pieces of your home such as a patio area are perfect for bamboo.
  6. ThermacreteAutoclave Aerated Concrete has been around for over 80 years and is a preferred building material in all climates. It serves as a lightweight, all-natural concrete material. Perfect for walls, floor panels, roof panels, lintels, and blocks. Thermacrete is also fire and termite resistant so you can count on it to last and keep you protected.
  7. Solar Energy Panels. In order to truly reduce your impact on the Caribbean environment around you, you must adopt some sort of alternative energy. We suggest installing solar energy panels to supply your home with power for things like electricity and water. If there is one thing that the British Virgin Islands has an abundance of it is sunshine, so you can count on solar energy to keep you covered all year long!

 

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