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September 03, 2023

Guide to Designing a Sustainable Living Space

Sustainability is crucial to protect the environment and ensure a bright future for generations to come, especially as pollution rates continue to rise. One way we can do this is to rework how we build and maintain our homes. As of now, when building homes, traditional methods use up a lot of resources and energy, creating 40% to 50% of all waste.

If you want to make your home more eco-friendly, you've come to the right place. We'll provide some top tips on creating a sustainable living space. Making these changes can reflect your commitment to the environment and improve your quality of life.

Sustainable Materials

When designing a sustainable living space, choose natural materials during construction - from your walls to sustainable flooring. Opting for wood instead of manufactured bricks can be more eco-friendly, as brick production consumes a lot of energy and natural resources, increasing carbon dioxide emissions.

Eco-Friendly Paint

Up next comes a simple yet pivotal part of the aesthetics of your home. Eco-friendly paint has emerged as a great, fumeless alternative. Most factories replace chemicals with organic materials, and even the paint containers can be recycled. Low-fume paint is an excellent choice, as it emits fewer harmful chemicals, giving you a healthier home.

Solar Panels

In a sunny climate like Abu Dhabi, solar panels are an ideal way to create a sustainable living space. By installing these panels on your roof, you can lower your electricity consumption and leverage using natural energy to make your home more sustainable. Additionally, consider energy-efficient lighting to further reduce your energy consumption.

Natural Lighting

Continuing about the power of the sun, relying on natural light to brighten your home during the day is not only environmentally friendly but also benefits your mental health. The effectiveness of this depends on your house's design, the direction of the sun, and the window placement. Make sure to keep these points in mind when designing your home.

Wall Insulation

Insulating your walls in a city like Abu Dhabi can significantly reduce your energy bills by reducing the reliance on air conditioning, an everyday necessity given the region's hot climate.


For a greener home and community, incorporate recycling into your daily routine. You can start by sorting your waste into four main categories: paper, cardboard, organic, and solid waste. This will help you manage your household waste more efficiently. If you have old furniture you no longer need, try recycling or repairing it instead of discarding it.

Replacing Plastic

Plastic damages the environment and living beings because it doesn't decompose easily. Decorating your home with natural materials like pottery instead of plastic is a great move for sustainability.

Rationing Consumption

As a homeowner, be mindful of consumption. Avoid unnecessary lighting in your home and opt for high-efficiency electrical appliances that use less electricity. You should also pay attention to the amount of water used in your household.

Home Gardening

Indoor plant cultivation enhances air quality and contributes to a better environment, whether it’s decorative plants or herbs used in cooking recipes. Household organic waste can be used as fertiliser for your plants.

Sustainability with Aldar

At Aldar, we are committed to sustainability and implementing it with its four main pillars: economy, community, workforce, and environment. We adopt this approach in all our strategies to achieve leadership in eco-conscious designs and sustainable architecture. Our commitment to reducing emissions starts from land purchase and supply chain management, extending to working with top talents and completing and delivering the house.

Get an Eco-Friendly Home

With the above tips and our development projects, living sustainably is more achievable than you might think. At Aldar, we offer you the chance to make the Sustainable City on Yas Island your home. You can also choose from other residential projects that provide nothing short of stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. Whether you're interested in building your own home or prefer to choose from our range of luxurious flats and upscale villas, we have options that cater to your dreams. Experience the best of both worlds—sustainability and luxury—with us.

Benefits of Eco-Friendly Homes

Houses designed with sustainability standards in mind can positively impact the environment. Some of these benefits include:

Saving Energy

Eco-friendly homes reduce energy consumption through thermal insulation, employing efficient heating and cooling systems, and relying on natural energy and lighting.

Reducing Waste

These homes are carefully designed to minimise excessive consumption through recycling and monitoring consumption.

Improving Air Quality

Eco-friendly home designs help circulate air properly inside the house, ensuring a healthy and comfortable living environment.

Conserving Natural Resources

Sustainable homes use eco-friendly and recyclable building materials, reducing the depletion of natural resources.

Is eco-friendliness just a trend? Far from it. Understanding the importance of eco-friendly homes goes beyond viewing them as simply a stylistic choice. They're a necessity for the environment. By investing in such homes, you're not just elevating your own comfort, but also making a meaningful commitment to the future well-being of our planet.