The best ideas for a sustainable home with KRION®



Sustainability in housing construction is becoming increasingly important, and the design of eco-friendly homes is trending.

The design of sustainable homes is being taken into account more and more by architects and designers worldwide, and it's not without reason: sustainable construction is no longer an option but a fact.

In recent years, climate change has forced builders and designers to consider more environmentally friendly options, and they are achieving good results. Today, sustainability is an increasingly important requirement in 21st-century architecture. Having a sustainable home goes far beyond saving resources or recycling.

Predictions suggest that if we reduce the demand for less sustainable materials, such as steel or cement, housing construction can globally reduce its emissions by 38% by the year 2050.

But what is a sustainable home? What are the characteristics of sustainable homes, and where can we see examples of this?

Next, we'll tell you what a truly sustainable home is and, more importantly, its advantages and how to create a sustainable home in everyday life.

What is a sustainable home?

A sustainable home has been designed to minimize its impact on the environment from the design phase, through construction, and to its subsequent use.

This includes both reducing energy consumption and making use of local resources without damaging them, as well as caring for construction materials.

Generally, these are homes that are energy-efficient and have environmentally friendly materials. The key is to make the home as self-sufficient as possible in terms of energy without having a negative impact on the surroundings.

Passivhaus certification

Passivhaus certification is one of the highest distinctions that can be awarded to a sustainable home. The fact that a passive house has this certification means that maximum energy efficiency and bioclimatic architecture have been utilized.


                                                                                                      certificado passive house

Within the Passivhaus certification, there are three levels: Classic, Plus, and Premium. Here are the basic differences between the three:

Passivhaus Classic: This type of home, although it possesses all the other characteristics of a passive house, does not generate an excess of renewable energy.

Passivhaus Plus: It generates ≥60 kWh/m2 per year of renewable energy. This means that it produces approximately twice as much energy as the building needs to sustain itself.

Passivhaus Premium: It generates ≥120 kWh/m2 per year. This means that the home produces an energy surplus that exceeds the building's consumption by 4 to 5 times.

What are the characteristics of a sustainable home?

A sustainable home is not only one that reduces environmental impact during its construction but also throughout its use. Therefore, in addition to being built using sustainable architectural methods, its equipment should also consider the environment.

In this regard, the characteristics of a sustainable home are as follows:

1. The location and orientation of the house influence its ability to make better use of natural resources and therefore demand less electrical energy.

2. The materials used should be as environmentally friendly as possible. They should be non-toxic and preferably made from eco-friendly raw materials and recycled or recyclable products. Additionally, they should provide good insulation to ensure the energy efficiency of the house.

3. The design should be conceived to harmonize with the surroundings and nature in general.

4. Clean and renewable sources of energy should be utilized to ensure efficient energy consumption in the home.

5. Appliances, heating and cooling systems, insulation, and other devices should be designed for energy efficiency, along with low-consumption lighting systems.

By combining all of these aspects with a layout that maximizes the utilization of consumed energy, we reinforce the sustainable and energy-efficient design of the home.

Features of a sustainable home

Sustainable homes have a lesser environmental impact in the construction phase, extending to the subsequent use of the home. So as well as being made with sustainable architecture in mind, the fixtures and fittings should also be environmentally-friendly.

Here are the key characteristics of a sustainable home:

The design should fit harmoniously into the setting and wider natural environment.

To achieve this, building materials should be as environmentally-friendly as possible. They should of course use non-polluting materials, using recycled or recyclable products where possible.

sustainable materials

In terms of equipment, household appliances, heating/air conditioning systems and insulation should be designed to minimise energy consumption.

Tips for making your home more sustainable

There are steps you can take if you want to make your own home more sustainable. Take a look at our tips for making your home more sustainable:

  • Updating your façade and replacing it with a ventilated façade can improve your insulation, resulting in lower energy consumption in the home.

porcelanosa lyon façade

Porcelanosa Lyon façade

  • In terms of exterior design, you can take steps to improve sustainability by planting vegetation and opting for materials such as wood rather than metal in any transit areas.

sustainable terrace

fitwall palm decorative panel

Fitwall Creative Series Palm

  • Using thermodynamic water heaters or solar heaters is another way to optimise home sustainability, and they reduce spending on electricity or gas.
  • Installing smart appliances and lighting can dramatically reduce your energy consumption and expenditure.

Top 5 sustainable homes with Krion and Porcelanosa Group

Veamos, a modo de ejemplo, cinco viviendas que han trabajado la sostenibilidad en su construcción. 

  • Oriol House

    This brutalist residence with a glazed façade maximises the use of natural light to reduce electricity consumption. 

    The Mediterranean home features materials such as XTONE, a compact material committed to sustainability.

oriol house project

Project: Alejandro Tejedor + Asociados

Ideation: Alejandro Tejedor – Carlos Maeso

Construction Management : Alejandro Tejedor – Rafael Benedito 

Carsten house in Ibiza combines craftsmanship, design and sustainability, masterfully blending traditional architecture with sustainable design.

Highlights include Krion® Lux Marfil Nature, used for the kitchen worktops. Thanks to its resistance and its almost zero porosity, this material reduces the use of harsh chemical agents for cleaning.

carsten sustainable kitchen

Photography: Álex del Río

Boasting spectacular views of the Pyrenees, the design of Es Pletieus in Lleida is perfectly in tune with nature.

Ceramic wood by Porcelanosa and the Krion® Lux 1100 K-Life worktops bring this unique and sustainable project to life.

es pletieus sustainable kitchen

Photography: Alicia García

Casa Madreselva in Salinas, Asturias, is a new take on the terraced home concept, using natural collections.

Krion® Lux also makes an appearance. David Olmos Tapia worked on the project, with versatility at the heart, creating a space that serves as a dining table and worktop area in one, for example.

madreselva sustainable kitchen

Photography: Ivo Tavares Studio 

Architecture: David Olmos Arquitectura

Sebastián Pieras is the architect behind this jewel in the Mediterranean's crown. The detached family home combines Porcelanosa's most natural and sustainable collections with glazed walls, filling the home with natural light.

mirador alcanada sustainable house

Architecture: Spaiarquitectura

Interior Design: Spaiarquitectura

Constructor: Rem

Photography: Tomeu Canyellas



Today's society is increasingly advocating a more sustainable way of life, in all areas from economy and politics to architecture.

Krion is firmly committed to preserving the environment through the manufacture of sustainable, high quality, durable materials that can be used to create unique, versatile and eco-friendly pieces.

Because sustainability is not a fashion, but a lifestyle, with Krion you can design homes that are more respectful of the environment, improving people's quality of life. 

We thus propose 3 ideas for interior design to create a more eco-friendly home.

White eco-friendly kitchen with Krion® K-Life 1100

Having an environmentally friendly kitchen without giving up your dream design is possible with Krion K-Life 1100, an innovative solid surface with an avant-garde style, designed to create unlimited spaces sustainably.

This revolutionary material stands out for its qualities, generating numerous benefits for the home and the environment, such as contributing to the improvement of indoor air, minimising the use of chemical agents for cleaning, avoiding the proliferation of pathogens on its surface, not containing dangerous chemical products in its composition and allowing occasional contact with foodstuffs without generating any chemical migration.

Undoubtedly, the best material for your kitchen worktops. The absolute white colour (Krion® K·LIFE 1100) brings light and elegant design into your kitchen, making it a pleasure to prepare food for the family.

krion eco-friendly kitchen

Project: Ático Centro de Elche (Alicante), 2018

Architecture: Francisco Sanchiz, MAPB Arquitectura

Indoor Pavement: l'Antic Colonial

A safe sustainable bathroom with Krion Shell®

The bathroom is perhaps one of the most intimate rooms in the home and the one requiring the highest standard of cleanliness. Sustainability can be incorporated in the bathroom through environmentally-friendly materials such as Krion Shell®, a two-part compound formed by minerals bonded with Eco Resina, and a solid uniform external layer composed of alumina trihydrate and pigment.

This clearly eco-friendly material uses up to 5% of plastic waste in its total composition and can be used in the manufacture of shower trays, washbasins and bathroom countertops, creating healthy, hygienic environments for personal care.

krion eco-friendly bath

A bedroom inspired by nature with Fitwall®

Resting or ending the day by reading a book in the bedroom is a pleasure you can enjoy without sacrificing elegance and design. Fitwall® panels are the perfect sustainable solution for the walls of your bedroom.

Fitwall® is a mainly mineral material inspired by nature and capable of creating highly realistic and durable reliefs and textures, giving the bedroom its own character and identity.

In order to minimise the consumption of resources, recycled PET has been incorporated in the resin that makes up the panels, each panel containing sufficient recycled plastic (PET) to manufacture 20 plastic bottles.

krion eco-friendly bedroom

In order to improve the world we live in, Krion is committed to continuing research to introduce small changes with major impact, both at the level of business development and in the manufacture of safer and more sustainable products.

Eco-friendly construction materials 

Sustainable construction is all about selecting environmentally-responsible construction materials. Components manufactured in Krion® are an eco-friendly solution, from the production stage through to the end of its shelf life.

Our solid surface is a sustainable material made with a high percentage of natural minerals, and low percentage of resins, resulting in excellent resistance. 

We've exhaustively optimised the manufacturing process, allowing us to achieve zero waste in the production phase.

We've successfully reduced the environmental impact of our materials as far as possible, achieving a 40% reduction in the carbon footprint generated by each sheet in transit. 

Once installed, Krion® products provide thermal insulation that reduces the energy demand ofhomes. And because it's almost completely non-porous and bacteriostatic, Krion® is incredibly easy to clean - meaning there's less of a need for chemical products. 

10 tips for making your home more sustainable

There are a number of things to think about if you want to make your home fully sustainable, in addition to using eco-friendly construction materials such as Krion®. Take note of these 10 tips for making your home more sustainable. 

1. Reuse furnishings 

Reusing furnishings is an effective way of achieving a more sustainable home. Reusing old furnishings or going for second-hand, rather than always buying new furniture or other items, will make your home more eco-friendly. 

2. Take advantage of natural light

If you want your home to be more eco-friendly, you need to make maximum use of natural and renewable energy sources. One such resource is natural light - the perfect lighting for sustainable homes. 

Install large picture windows that usher in the light, as well as skylights to get as much daylight in as possible. 

3. Insulate your home

A well-insulated home means lower energy consumption - and lower gas and electricity bills.As well as Krion® façades, double-glazed windows with thermal bridges can make a huge difference to how sustainable your home is. 

4. Choose materials that can have a second life 

Another way to make your home more eco-friendly is to avoid using materials that can't be recycled, or don't degrade well (such as aluminium) and instead go for more sustainable and recyclable solutions.

5. Balanced window distribution 

Because they let the light in, windows can help to make your home more sustainable. But they also let the heat over the summer period, which could result in over-heating and force you to switch on the air conditioning. To avoid this happening, made sure your windows are distributed in a balanced way.

6. Underfloor heating and heat pumps 

Heat pumps enable you to avoid traditional, less eco-friendly heating systems like oil or gas. Plus, underfloor heating is one of the most efficient home heating systems you can get. 

7. High-tech solutions 

Smart homes allow you to control all your devices from your phone, and they're a great way of avoiding unnecessary energy waste. With an air-conditioning monitoring system you can switch it on and off remotely, preventing the air conditioning from operating when you aren't at home. 

8. Vertical gardens 

Vertical gardens and living walls help to cool down your home and optimise its sustainability, because they contribute to natural air filtration. 

9. Optimise your use of household appliances 

Making sure you only use the washing machine or dishwasher when they're full is one way of optimising your use of household appliances and making your home more sustainable. 

10. Limit your reliance on air conditioning

Air conditioning systems make your home much more comfortable. But it's important to be prudent if you want to be more sustainable, so programming it to operate only when you need it is a good idea: an optimum room temperature is between 18ºC and 22ºC.

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