Building has a variety of effects on the environment. It requires large quantities of raw materials – each of us consumes around 10 tons of mineral raw materials per year. A large part of our energy consumption is used to heat buildings. How we build and live has a major impact on our “ecological footprint”, which is still far too great.
For new buildings, but also for conversions and renovations, important decisions are made as to how environmentally friendly we live. It is therefore important to consider environmental aspects as well. The Donaueschingen Environmental Office has published three brochures to help with this, which can be downloaded here. They are also available in printed form.
Our brochure “Ecological Building” provides information on energy standards, building material selection and other environmental aspects of new construction.
The brochure “Saving energy by renovating old buildings” explains how an old building can be modernised in terms of energy efficiency.
Why building also has something to do with climate protection is explained in the brochure “Climate protection at Baar“.
Glass and bird strike
Glass makes a house bright and friendly. However, large-area glazing and conservatories also have risks. They can lead to increased energy losses during the heating period. In summer, overheating often occurs when no sun protection is provided. And large glass surfaces are a risk for birds. Many millions of birds crash in Germany every year because they fly against glass surfaces. You can find out more about this and what you can do to avoid it here.
How do we help our co-inhabitants?
A whole range of animals inhabit buildings. Unwanted ones like insects or martens, but also sympathy bearers like swallows and other birds or bats. We can help you by creating or leaving nesting and living possibilities on buildings. You can find out exactly how this works here.
When new buildings are built, one also thinks about garden design. Here you can find out what you need to consider from an environmental point of view.