Property Investing Trends: Trend # 3: Ecologically friendly housing
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PROPERTY INVESTING TRENDS: Trend # 3: Ecologically friendly housing
There are seven new trends sweeping across the property market. By doing your research and understanding that the demand is, you will be able to ensure you have a steady stream of tenants or buyers just waiting for you to finish that refurb!
This week we will focus on Trend # 3: Ecologically friendly housing
You have probably heard the catch phrase of "getting off the grid" - perhaps even used it yourself!
But what does it mean for a house to be ecologically friendly? Wikipedia defines an Eco-house (or eco-home) is an environmentally low-impact home designed and built using materials and technology that reduces its carbon footprint and lowers its energy needs.
An eco house could include some or all of the following:
Higher than normal levels of thermal insulation
Better than normal airtightness
Good levels of daylight
Passive solar orientation — glazing oriented south for light and heat
Thermal mass to absorb that solar heat
Minimum north-facing glazing — to reduce heat loss
Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) system
Heating from renewable resources (such as solar, heat pump or biomass)
Photovoltaic panels, small wind turbine or electricity from a ‘green’ supplier
Natural materials — avoidance of PVCu and other plastics
Glass that has two or three layers with a vacuum in between to prevent heat loss; (double or triple-glazed windows)
Solar panels or wind turbines
Geothermal heating and growing plants on the roof to regulate temperature, quieten the house, and to produce oxygen
A vegetable patch outside the house for some food