By Laura Eimers and J. David Ake | March 25, 2020 5:31amA growing number of designers are embracing the “eco” aesthetic, which seeks to avoid the harsh realities of industrial agriculture.
As the climate warms, more designers are finding that the eco design ethos is a powerful and appealing one, says Laura Eimpers, an associate professor at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
While most eco homes were designed with minimal or no interior spaces, eco homes are designed to be energy efficient and environmentally sustainable.
For example, some eco homes use recycled materials, conserve natural ventilation, and create spaces for people and wildlife.
Eco homes are also more environmentally friendly because they do not use a lot of energy and have less greenhouse gases than conventional buildings, Eimings says.
The trend has been a bit of a phenomenon in the past decade, but Eimerson says it is only recently that more designers have embraced the eco-design ethos.
“It has taken a little while for the designers to embrace the idea that there is an eco design ethic that they can apply to their homes,” EimERS says.
In addition to the eco themes and the design philosophies that are often intertwined, eco home designers can incorporate elements of natural and social design to help keep their homes in line with the eco philosophy.
For instance, some homes incorporate solar panels, wind energy, or water heaters.
In addition to being eco-friendly, eco-home design can also help to mitigate the impact of climate change.
Eimers says eco homes can also be designed to accommodate a wide range of lifestyles and needs, including couples, retirees, and families.
In her own designs, she has designed a home for seniors with space for their pets, as well as a home with a large porch and walk-in closet.
Eimingers says she uses many different elements to help ensure that the home’s design can fit any lifestyle.
For example, the front of her home has a balcony, which gives the home more of a “semi-tropical” feel, EIMERS says, while the back of the home has an open plan plan that allows people to relax in the backyard and still feel like they are in the house.
For some eco home owners, the home also includes a natural sunroom to capture sunlight.
In many cases, the design of the eco house also incorporates recycled materials.
Eimpings says it can also include green roofing that has been recycled.EImers is the author of the book Eco Home Design: From Design to Living to Enjoy.