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What are carbon healing homes?

Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020

Living in a home entails the daily usage of water and electricity, and includes the disposal of waste, and other such activities, which generate varying levels of greenhouse gas emissions. Roughly one-third of emissions come from residential buildings of approximately 25% of global emissions that are contributed by households. Carbon healing homes are self-sustaining developments that can help bring down these numbers.

What is a carbon healing home?

The concept of carbon healing homes is a new way of sustainable living through eco-friendly homes. Carbon healing homes are built with the idea of self-sustainable living and aim to cut down the average carbon footprint that living in a home creates. By doing this at a large scale through the development of community housing, carbon healing homes reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a considerable level, thereby having a much larger impact on the environment. 

With the earth’s resources depleting rapidly, it’s more important now than ever that we look at the several ways our homes and use of resources affect the environment. How our homes are built and how we live in them contribute to our personal carbon footprint. And collectively, this contributes massively to our global carbon footprint. 

How do carbon healing homes work?

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Carbon healing homes incorporate alternative processes to manage the usage of resources with better efficiency for sustainable living. An approach using the three R’s helps allocate resources in a structured and regulated manner so that there is minimal wastage.

Waste management – To make eco-friendly homes, steps to enable zero-waste living are taken, especially in terms of the disposal and management of solid waste. Garbage is segregated into dry, wet, and sanitary waste, as well as organic, toxic and recyclable waste. This is crucial to ensure nothing goes out to a landfill. 

Efficient use of electricity – With solar panels installed on all rooftops, automated lighting fixtures and timer controlled LED lights, carbon healing homes consume minimal electricity and cut down on the dependency on conventional power sources, enabling easy eco-living.

Water conservation – Carbon healing homes use water conservation methods like rainwater harvesting to reduce water consumption levels. Collected and stored in tanks, the water is drawn for multiple purposes, thus preventing problems like water shortages and excess usage of water. 

Giving back to the environment

Carbon healing homes focus on efficiently managing the existing damage to the environment by focusing on reducing consumption patterns, be it electricity, fuel, or water. But these homes take sustainable living one step further, by working towards building the environment back up. 

Soil and plant nourishment – Organic solid waste is recycled in a compost pit and is also used in biogas plants, which can serve many functions. The products of these can be repurposed in landscaping as organic fertilizers which can help improve soil quality by supplying nutrients to help plants to grow better. This fertilizer can also help increase the water holding capacity of the soil. Compost pits also prevent the rise of methane gas into the air. 

Preservation of water – With water conservation methods like rainwater harvesting in place in carbon healing homes, water is drawn from storage tanks to enable groundwater recharging and replenishing other supplies of water. By doing so, residents of such properties will not face problems of groundwater shortage, as the water levels are maintained at consistent levels for daily usage.

Planting of trees – With large, open spaces and a lot of green coverage, carbon healing homes make eco-living multi-faceted. Aptly called the lungs of the earth, trees help purify the air we breathe by removing toxic elements and are known to reduce smog as well. They trap and absorb pollutants and filter contaminants. And it doesn’t just end with improving air quality. Trees also help regulate the temperature and have a cooling effect, keeping spaces a lot cooler. They encourage biodiversity, attracting birds, animals, and insects. Planting trees also ensures that water is filtered and retained in the soil, improving soil quality, preventing flooding, and recharging water tables. 

Living sustainably goes a long way in protecting our resources and every effort contributes greatly to saving the planet. A carbon healing home is a huge step towards this goal. Check out Assetz Property Group’s carbon healing homes which are sustainable developments with no compromise on luxury or comfort.

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