Inspiring Eco Homes: 15 Sustainable, Efficient and Beautiful Designs

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Sustainable and environmentally conscious, eco homes are fast becoming a popular consideration for self-builders and renovators alike. According to the UK Green Building Council, the built environment contributes around 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint and as we understand more about how our homes impact the climate, new steps are being taken to solving the issues, one great design at a time. 

When discussing eco homes, it's important to understand that the term can broadly be use to describe any house which puts sustainability or environmental concerns at the forefront of design. An eco house can include everything from adding renewable technology to an existing house during a renovation, to a full fabric first approach during a self-build. 

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.