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4 Ecological houses that will inspire you to go green

Eco-friendly homes

There is a lot of pressure for the world to get more eco-friendly.  With a result more and more people are finding ways to cut down on energy usage, recycle their waste and build smarter greener and more sustainable houses.

4 Eco-friendly houses to inspire green living

#1 House on an artificial hill
This house sits balanced on top of an artificial hill with a garden rooftop and has a seesaw looking structure placed on top of it.
The house located near Melbourne in Australia is perfectly balanced to keep out the cold winter and cool in the harsh summer.
Designed by architect Andrew Maynard the interior of this house is just as much fun as the exterior.

#2 The Bridge House
Designed by architect Max Pritchard this house just outside of Adelaide sits on a small property divided by a small creek or what the Australians call a billabong.
The object was to create an eco-friendly home/office that would not damage the view or harm the environment.
The result was this house made from sustainable materials with the house opening up on both sides with high windows and or glass doors for unobstructed views of the creek and nature.

#3 The Fibonacci Tree House
This house was built in Spain and was designed by Blueforest.The name was taken from the Fibonacci spiral found in nature such as shells. This contemporary style house was made from all sustainable and completely natural materials to have as little to no impact on nature.

#4 The M House
Designed by Michael Jantzen from his collection of Matrix mansions.
It is made from all eco-friendly materials and is powered by sustainable energy sources.
It uses wind and sun energy to make it completely self-sufficient.
It may look a bit strange or even a bit cold but this house is a dream come true especially if you are looking for a true eco-friendly house.

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Is memory foam harmful to a person’s health?

Is memory foam harmful for your health?

We spend quite a lot of our day on our mattress.  Our sleep also plays an integral part in maintaining good health.  So, when we go to choose a mattress and find that perfect fit we do not want to think that the materials it is made from are going to end up harming us.

What is inside a memory foam mattress?

Polyols
Polyols are organic compounds that contain a group of hydroxyls.
They are mainly made up of either botanical substances such as castor beans or soy.  The can also be derived from petroleum oil ingredients.
These are used to bind the ingredients.

Blowing Agents
This is a substance that is applied when the blown material is in a liquid state.  A blowing agent is what helps the materials harden to form a foam. 
Most blowing agents are water and HFCs (Hydrofluorocarbons) amongst a few that are used.  Very seldom if at all are CFC’s (Chlorofluorocarbons) used these days.

Diisocyanates
This is the substance that reacts with the blowing agent and polyols to make a flexible polyurethane foam.
The chemical used for this process is either MDI or TDI.  MDI being the safer and less toxic of the two options. These substances have been known to cause carcinogenic, dermal sensitivity and respiratory problems.  But this issue is primarily only during the manufacturing process as after reacting they can off-gas.

VOCs or Volatile Organic compounds and Off-gassing are basically the same things.  This refers to a process where various chemicals break down at room temperature and release an odor when they do.
You can smell these in things like newly painted walls, a new doll, new car and even some clothes will give off that new smell. Some people do have allergic reactions to various mattresses but the dangers of these products are usually at the manufacturing stage of the process. Only a very small portion of the population seems to experience any effects from their memory foam mattresses.
If you are concerned about it do some research into the materials used to make the mattress.  Some companies are now opting for more organic materials that are less harmful to both humans and the environment.

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How to build a green home from ecological material

Eco houses

With global warming biting at our heels and the constantly changing environment, more people are starting to see the light and changing their ways for a greener lifestyle. Eco-buildings and houses are fast becoming the only way to build a house and hopefully will be in a not too distant future.

How to build a house from ecological materials

Downsizing is less impactful on the environment

Smaller is better when it comes to building a home these days. Not only is it better for your bottom line but it is also a lot more environmentally friendly.
A large house takes a lot more to heat and cool than a smaller one does so you tend to you a lot more energy to maintain a constant temperature.

Use energy efficient appliances, household materials and tools

The Environmental Protection Agency issues an “ENERGY STAR” rating tested and approved products.  The goods sporting this label come with a significant reduction in energy usage and cost.  They do not in any way make the product inferior to one less energy efficient.  In fact, a lot of the products are much better.

Insulation


Do not skimp when it comes to installing insulation.  You may have to fork out a bit more but in the long run, you will save on heating and cooling.  Thus, cutting down on your energy usage and will end up saving you money. The better-quality insulin you use and get it done by a reputable professional, will last you a lot longer and give a great return on your investment.

Try only get sustainable building materials


Going green to build your house means using the correct green materials.  These materials will reduce the impact on the environment of the building.  Materials are available for every part of the build from the roof to reclaimed wood.
There are stockiest of renewable materials all over the place nowadays all you have to do is a search on the internet.

Infographic by: Global Warming Is Real