The declining cost of “green” technologies is making it easier and easier for homeowners to retrofit them – and for builders and developers to incorporate into new homes.
So says Berry Everitt, CEO of the Chas Everitt International* property group, who recently listed his top five tips for creating or buying an eco-friendly new home:
Go smaller. This doesn’t mean that you should give up on your dreams of a spacious home for your family, just that you need to make sure that there is no wasted space.
Writing in the Property Signposts newsletter, he says: “Every square meter of your new home will need cleaning, lighting, heating or cooling, securing and insuring, so plan your build or purchase carefully around your own lifestyle to ensure that there are no unused rooms or areas consuming precious resources for no return.”
Use sustainable, local materials. From the walls of the home to the windows, doors and floors, says Everitt, you should look out for natural materials like stone, wood and glass, and make sure that bricks, hardware, tiles and roofing materials are sourced as close to the building site as possible to reduce the carbon footprint of your new home.