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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

  • Rainwater harvesting

  • Greywater collection

  • Composting toilet

  • 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