11 clever ways to make building your extension eco-friendly

contemporary remodel and extension with vertical timber cladding
(Image credit: PAD Studio/Jim Stephenson)

There are so many benefits to building a green extension. Not only will focussing on incorporating features and methods of building that have a minimal impact on the environment help the planet, but they can also help make yours a home that enjoys high performance levels. Not to mention being comfortable to live in and adding to your sense of wellbeing — plus they can also result in lower energy bills.

Building an extension with great eco credentials is something that can work for all kinds of house styles — not just those featuring more contemporary architectural details and this is not a route that has to cost a fortune either as there are plenty of smaller, simple ways to build green.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.