A growing concern for many home owners when developing a new property, is how their new build may have a negative effect on the environment. Around the world, many forward thinking property developers have turned to ‘green building’, a term coined for adapting the products and materials used around the home to reduce the normal rates of power consumption.
By incorporating eco features into the home, it’s possible to see a large annual reduction in the normal fuel costs associated with living, and for eco orientated home owners, it’s another step towards building a clearer conscience.
To combat an increasing interest in eco development, many industries have increased the availability of green products in the market, including the swimming pool industry.
The demands of a swimming pool are high, they traditionally use a a great deal of energy to remain heated, and water consumption is another point of concern. These concerns however, may soon be alleviated by a growing number of construction alternatives and products that are being used to reverse their energy consumption.
When planning the construction of a swimming pool, a growing trend in the eco market is to build a natural pool. With the popularity of natural pools spreading from Europe to American markets, they have become a viable green option for many home owners.
The main concept behind a natural pool is the construction of more pond-like habitat, that blends in with the surrounding environment. Their construction is generally a simple process, a hole with sloping sides is dug at a variety of depths, and is then lined with eco friendly materials such as compacted clay or a synthetic liner that uses rubber as aposed to PVC.
The term natural pool is used because the filtration system consists of biological filters and plants rooted hydroponically into the system. Because these systems have biological equivalents in the natural world the the whole process becomes entirely eco friendly. Natural filtration systems can include copper or silver ion disinfection, or the even the simple use of UV light.
In terms of water consumption, in hot climates evaporation can be the main concern. An increase in evaporation can lead to large amounts of water consumption when refilling pools. To combat this there are now a variety of inventive products entering the market.
One such product a solar powered pool cover, harnesses the energy of the sun by transmitting the solar rays through sealed air cells, specially produced to both retain warmth by up to ten degrees and produce power. In some cases the increase in warmth can extend the outdoor swimming season by up to six weeks.
Solar pumps can also be seen as another cost effective and logical use of solar energy. Swimming pools combined with a normal pump system are usually seen as the second largest and most expensive electrical load after air conditioning.
By using solar pump which sits on the surface of the pool and harvests solar energy to run, you can effectively reduce the cost of pumping completely.
Another bonus to a solar pump, is the lack of sound, reducing the noise pollution associated with running a pool.
This article was contributed by Thomas Jones. Thomas works for Falcon Pools, a swimming pool construction company who are making the utmost effort to embrace and improve their eco-credentials.