The planet is not well. It is warmer than it used to be in the not-so-distant past.  This increase in global temperature average is disrupting the delicate balance of nature. Hotter seas create freakishly powerful storms. The summer is abnormally hot and the winter abnormally cold.

Welcome to climate change. As a homeowner, you want to make sure you’d prepare your home for the effects of climate change. Here are some ways to do it:

  1. Use bamboo .

Bamboo is a great material for home interior, it is beautiful and strong. Bamboo also helps cool the house when it’s hot outside. In many Asian countries, bamboo is a favorite material for furniture and flooring. Some houses are even made entirely of bamboo.

  1. Make plants a part of the design

Plants are nature’s temperature control mechanism. They release oxygen which not only makes your house cooler, but also removes toxins from the air to help people stay healthy.

On the design side of things, plants give the home a classic relaxing feel. Plants are easy on the eyes and give any room a dash of nature’s beauty.

  1. Fire safety should be a priority

Global warming takes extreme seasons to the next level. That means summers are going to be hotter and winters colder than normal.  During the summer, there is a real risk of fire especially if a house lacks fire safety mechanisms.  What makes this dangerous in ultra-hot weather is that the fire can easily catch on if the surrounding is already hot.

Ensure that your appliances pass fire safety regulations. Add smoke detectors and sprinklers in the home that sets off when smoke is detected.

  1. Cooling and heating

Cooling and heating will play an important role in a home especially because of global warming.  However, you as a designer could help mitigate future increase in electric bills from heating and cooling of a home by making sure that the house has efficient sealing and good sized windows. Adding a nice fireplace for old-school heating is also a nice touch.

Choosing the materials to be used on the home is a great way to help achieve a balance of heat and cold. A thermal mat is also a good idea.

  1. Use colors wisely

On the exterior of the home, use dark dull colors because they absorb up to 70 percent of the heat of the sun.  On the roof, use a reflective surface finish to reflect the heat of the sun back to space and not into your house. Planting trees on the surroundings also helps a lot in keeping the house cool.

  1. Check your home’s structure.

Have a builder or renovation company check your home’s structure. The home’s systems and structure should be intact and safe.

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