Whether you are a commercial company or a residential inhabitant looking to improve your home and lifestyle, an eco-friendly property is an ideal option. However, it can be hard to see the benefits of passive housing, unless you are looking at the energy-efficiency ratings. Even then, you may not recognise the essential details and ultimately the potential of such quality housing.
Non-sustainable homes, on the other hand, can highlight their perks from the outset. After all, private dwellings and council houses are thrown up within weeks to “building regulations” standard, meaning you can move in quicker. Plus, these properties are very affordable.
So when you view the market at face value, it’s easy to see why you would avoid a sustainable home. Here are the reasons you shouldn’t.
The Life Cycle Is Greater
In the past, you could expect a residential building to last anywhere between sixty to eighty years, depending on the quality of the contractor. Back in the day, builders did not cut corners to maximise profits, they built quality homes that were worth every penny you spent. Today however, this isn’t the case, as the booming real estate industry encourages contractors to scale back on quality. This means a house with a design life of six decades will barely last four.
An eco-property is different because sustainability implies a longer life expectancy, which provides peace of mind and reduces the maintenance costs associated with owning a home.
A Sustainable Home Adheres To Building Regulations
If you are wondering whether all properties adhere to building regulations, the answer is that they legally have to if they want to house tenants. Unfortunately, current rules are a compromise between what the government wants and what the building industry will accept and as a result, builders have leeway to push the regulations to the limit. Self-builders, on the other hand, are different, however, as they tend to receive more attention from building control officers.
Therefore, sustainable homes are better built since they are closer to the original eco design spec than most of the standard homes built these days.
The Onus Falls On You
Typically, people who build sustainable homes from scratch live in their properties longer than those who invest in a piece of existing real estate. The average self-build is home to the original owners for ten years, which is three to four years longer than usual. Although this means that the onus of repairs falls on you, which in this instance is a positive because in essence, you already know that your home is of a higher quality and will last longer, so there shouldn’t be any nasty surprises.
With a non-sustainable property that is poorly built and isn’t in line with building regulations, you’re bound to be hit by repairs that are expensive and stressful.
Your Children Will Benefit
Building a house that lasts a lifetime isn’t as challenging as it sounds when you consider a fifty-year period is a lifetime for lots of people on the property ladder. What you want is a house that goes beyond that as it will set up your children and grandchildren for centuries to come. Not only because they will have a quality home, unlike so many others, but also since it won’t waste materials and release unnecessary CO2 into the atmosphere.
After all, eco-friendly properties will allow your loved ones to inherit a planet, as well as a well-built house.