Outdoor Living Space Ideas: Installing Energy-Efficient Garden Buildings

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Global warming is an area of concern within our society today. Helping in the prevention of the rise in temperatures of the Earth’s atmosphere is something we can all participate in to make our world a better place to live.

For every instance for which we use any kind of fuel whether it be gas, oil or coal we are releasing CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) into the worlds atmosphere. Carbon Dioxide is arguably the main contributor to Global Warming so we all need to take necessary steps to minimise the impact.

What Can We Do?

It is argued that a quarter of the CO2 produced in the UK comes directly from the fuel sources we use in the home, so obviously if we take more care in how and what energy we use we can minimise the amount of CO2 created and released into our worlds atmosphere.

Installing Energy-Efficient Garden Buildings

Taking into account what we have already discussed the main objective when installing your garden room is to choose the correct materials that have the least impact on the environment and utilising the free natural heating and lighting thus reducing the need for external appliances. This will help the environment, reduce your energy bills and save you money.

Building Regulations& Planning Permission For Garden Buildings

Before you can proceed with the construction of your garden room you will have to comply with certain Building Regulations and Planning Permission law This legislation is mainly structured around the aspect of how a building looks, it’s location and size of building (Planning Permission) and that of how the building is structurally built so it falls into the given criteria (Building Regulations).

Positioning Of Garden Buildings

Positioning garden rooms is of a paramount importance when commencing installation in view to energy efficiency in respect to:

– Size and orientation in order to maximise sunlight
– Tree and building proximity in respect to potential shading
– A clear, flat level site required as the base

Insulation Of Garden Buildings

Insulation of your garden room is important in regards to saving on energy bills. The installation of good roofing, flooring, walls and windows will see you save quite a bit of money.


Using the right materials for a roof structure can be beneficial for both longevity and cost efficiency. EPDM is a durable roofing material that ensures a very high level of waterproofing. When this material is used with a living roof system it provides protection against the wind, UV light and direct heat from the sun. The environmental benefits consist of energy conservation and air quality.

Flooring and Walls

The main body of the wall construction is based around structural insulated panels. These panels are way ahead of the ever-changing building regulations, cost effective and environmentally friendly.

Effective against warping, shrinking and insect attacks due to the acids within the wood used.


Window insulation within your structure can also prove to be both cost effective and environmentally friendly. With so many options available on the market from double glazed to triple glazed.

The benefit of good windows is that that they provide heat from the sun (Solar gain) which results in cost effective eco friendly heating thus saving money on bills. Positioning of the windows is paramount to get the best results possible.

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