One of the things that has destroyed the environment the most after animal agriculture is the destruction of forests and greenery to build houses and offices. The population has grown rapidly in the past one hundred years or so which has led to us needing more houses and this has in turn led to us cutting down more trees and clearing more land to build those houses. In doing so, not only are we cutting down trees that have been around for hundreds of years but we are also destroying the habitats of millions of wild animals and this again is causing the extinction of many beautiful species. In addition to this, we are destroying acres and acres of forest land every single day for the meat industry and for various other human needs which leaves the earth with nothing more to give. This said however, we still do need to have homes to live on but we need to be responsible and find ways of building our homes while causing the least amount of damage.
Retain as much greenery as possible
When you buy a piece of land, you will get the land with various trees on it and some of these trees may have been alive a lot longer than you have been alive. The normal procedure is to simply chop down all of the trees and start building but this is honestly a crime against nature. You might want to bring in an arborist who will be able to study the trees on your land and tell you what they are and how old they are. This will help you to determine whether they should be kept or not. If the tree is a very old tree, it would be a good idea to leave it as is.
Ideally, you will want to avoid tree removal altogether and build your home around the trees. Although this might not seem realistic to you, it is completely possible and with a good architect, you will be able to have your home designed around the tree making your home nature friendly while also being extremely beautiful.If you look at some of the modern hotels, you will see that many of them have been built around trees in an effort to have a beautiful hotel but this proves that it is possible. All you will have to do is to make sure that the roots are protected when you are laying out your foundation. In order to do this successfully, you will need to hire a structural engineer.