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Eco-Friendly Construction Trends

When building a bathroom, they make sure to put together a nice and energy-saving set up. Bathroom accessories are also chosen very wisely. Smart and low flow toilets are installed, which not only save water but also look very attractive. In fact, this would also provide great relief to the areas where scarcity of water is a serious issue during hotter months of the year. Builders are also taking good care of decreasing energy usage in other parts of the house. Installing solar panels on the roof is a good example of this.

Builders, today, have become much smarter when choosing the materials which go into the whole construction process. They are seeking building materials which are good for environment. Thus, they pick raw materials that can retain heat and reduce energy consumption. The best part is that all these materials release fewer harmful gases and detrimental waste in the environment. Structural insulated rim boards and insulated panels fit well here and this is the reason, why they are highly used in most of the homes, built recently.

The best constructors and builders combine all elements of latest style with environmental concerns, so as to come up with the best …

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Impacts on the Development of Real Estate

To a certain extent these factors are being considered in most new development projects. The partial provision of energy through low carbon technologies is becoming the norm as part of the planning application process for major development. Standards controlling the way flood risk assessments are carried out take into account future precipitation patterns. These considerations are often driven by current requirements from planning authorities or other statutory bodies and focus on the greenhouse gas element of climate change management.

Appraising the effects of climate change on development projects will gain in importance and a strategic and pro-active approach to its integration in the management of these projects has many benefits. These include the improved management of risks, for instance by providing protection against litigation for failing to take into account known future risks, the protection of future asset values and strengthening a forward looking reputation of the organisation.

The near future will see significant changes in the way climate change is being addressed within development projects. The awareness of client organisations and local planning authorities about the effects climate change will have on the future usability of buildings is increasing rapidly. This will lead to a range of new requirements, …

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Garden Apartments

Such an apartment will have one or two bedrooms but you can find some that have three or more bedrooms, especially if they are used as a vacation apartment. The more bedrooms there are the more people they can accommodate when on vacation and renting the apartment. If it is an apartment that is rented out long term it is generally not furnished. If the apartment is rented out on a weekly or monthly basis for vacations, it will be furnished. Garden apartments may also have one or two stories. The common area can include outdoor amenities like a swimming pool, tennis or basketball courts, a spa or clubhouse. The entrance to the apartment could be off the courtyard or the street.

The owners of the garden apartments are responsible for the outdoor area being kept up with the lawn mowed, any outdoor equipment cleaned, clean swimming pool without leaves and other debris, etc. Many owners will plant the area with well cared for trees and floors. If it is an apartment complex and you have a pet you need to find out if there is a special area for the dogs. Make sure that you clean up after your …

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Find Green Homes for Sale

Utilize your personal connections

You may not be aware but someone you know might just be the key person to help you find the right green home for you. A relative, neighbor, friend, officemate, or even a coed in college might have the information you are looking for. Of course, this method is also a pretty exhaustive one as you really need to know which one of them holds the right information. To reduce efforts, know which one has recently purchased a home or is at least planning to buy his or her own house too. You could at least compare notes regarding prices, location, and features of the green home you are looking for.

Seek professional assistance

One of the best ways to look for your ideal green home is by seeking professional assistance. Real estate professionals lead the list of top-notch and expert persons who could help you in this endeavor. One or more properties in their selling lists might just be the green home you are looking for. Their professional interconnection will also open your doors to numerous other persons who could be of assistance to you.

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Zero Carbon Rated Houses

Simon Williams from Percy Williams & Sons explained that the ‘Government declaration that Zero Carbon-rated houses were to be exempt from Stamp Duty Land Tax was at first a psychological shot in the arm to us over this project of eco houses, but a close study of the strict definition of Zero Carbon and how we might clear this hurdle ended in disappointment’

A Zero-Carbon Home needs to have energy efficiency in three areas, including heat loss, dwelling CO2 emission rate and net CO2 emissions. If they meet the requirements an accredited assessor will inspect the dwelling and issue a certificate.

To receive the actual ‘Holy Grail’ of Zero Carbon is difficult at the best of times, as it requires a building to have a net production of carbon into the atmosphere of zero. At Fairglen in Hayle the houses are almost uniquely efficient for this sort of development, but in addition would need a wind-turbine to achieve the last bit of balancing electrical generation. Because of the sheltered valley location that the site is in the turbine could not have been efficiently done.

With the help of John Peapell Sustainable Solutions, a specialist consultant in this area, Percy Williams …

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Checklist For Your Next Green Home

  • Location Location Location – pick a location that’s convenient and easy to get to. Close to shops, amenities and public transport will reduce the amount of emissions that come from getting around. Inquire about the council’s recycling program.
  • Orient yourself with the right orientation – if a house is to have good eco principles, it will designed with the right orientation. This means that the living areas will face due north, to make the most of the winter sun while allowing the hotter summer sun to pass overhead. Sleeping rooms, meanwhile, will be oriented towards to the South to capture cool summer breezes.
  • Cosy is not a four letter word – consider how the space is used as much as the size of it. Oversized houses utilises more resources in both construction and maintenance, while smaller dwellings are cleverly conceived can feel quite spacious.
  • Inquire about insulation – ask about the insulation. Higher R values means the house will better protected against extreme weather elements. See if the windows are double glazed. While you’re at it, ask about other green home features such as solar panels and solar hot water. Make your message loud and clear!
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Ways to Save Energy at Home

Regularly Maintain all Electrical Appliances

Make sure that various domestic appliances at your home such as the refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, microwave, and other kitchen gadgets are maintained in outstanding and operable condition.

Simple DIY maintenance projects can do the job for you, or you may make an annual appliance maintenance and repair contract with a professional company. This will significantly reduce your home energy consumption over a period of time.

Use Appliances Efficiently

When you use the washing machine with your dryer, try to wash the bulk of clothes in a single cycle. This will ensure that multiple loads of clothes are dried while the dryer is already warm. Similarly, adjust the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer according to the load and your cooling needs. If you have a computer at home, set it to auto deep sleep mode to save energy when it is not in use.

Install a Solar Device

If your environment receives plenty of sunshine for a major part of the year, consider installing a solar energy device or roof solar panels to reduce your monthly energy bills. Solar energy is clean, green, and renewable. You can also receive tax credits …

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Choosing Green Home Builder

To find a green home builder you should talk to the contractors in your area. Some that will travel to your area to build your home but their services will add more expense to the cost of your home.

To ensure that you will have the best green home builder ask them what type of building material they will use. You should also inquire about their disposal methods to make sure they are in compliant with sustainability practices. The materials that they should use are non-toxic when possible, and environmentally friendly. They should also be materials that come from renewable sources, or sustainable material. This can include materials from homes that have been knocked down. This material can include old doors, cabinets, some of the wood to accent the home such as using the material for ceiling beams, and more. They should try to avoid using plastics and choose their wood carefully. You should ask to see examples of the green projects they have completed. Their construction philosophy should focus on green building. It should not just focus on using green techniques as a secondary technique. Make sure that the contract you sign states that it will be constructed from …

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Luxury Condos Can Be Eco-Friendly

The Benefits of Population Density

The more that a single structural element, utility, or appliance can be shared, the more efficient it is. In a luxury condo, a shared wall does what two separate walls would in houses. That translates to half as much building material to construct the wall, whether it’s wood, brick, concrete, etc. It’s also common for utilities to be centralized in a condominium complex, meaning that the hot water heater serves multiple units, a far more efficient use of energy than heating multiple small water heaters. The same holds true for air-conditioning and heating, which benefit from scaling up and serving multiple residences. By combining these functions that would need to be replicated at each individual home, multi-unit homes maximize efficient use of building materials and electricity.

Space to Breathe

On the other side of the equation, minimizing sprawl by sharing structures and appliances leaves more room on the property for outdoor features. Luxury condominiums have a much smaller footprint, on a per-unit basis, than individual homes. This means that the grounds can be larger and more luxurious, with water features and even small community gardens that would not be possible on many small lots.

The

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Green Homes for Sale

When you purchase a green home they will contains all or some of the following features that are earth friendly. Fiber cement siding. Alternative power system like wind and solar. Recycled building insulation. No VOC stains and paints, which stands for volatile organic compound. It is any compound that is carbon-based and will vaporize at standard room temperatures. Some of the more prevalent ones are formaldehyde, acetone, and methane. Solar powered hot water heating

Even if you do not live in a green home, there are things that you can do to increase your energy conservation. It will even help contribute to saving our environment. Making your home a green home can help to reduce global warning and save the homeowner money. It will significantly better the environment and require little effort for the homeowner.

Instead of using the standard incandescent light bulbs start to use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). When you switch to the CFL’s you can save per year over a hundred dollars. You can find these lights in the same aisle as your regular bulbs but they are little more expensive. In the United States, if every house switches the type of light bulbs they were …

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