Currently, around 50% of the UK's carbon emissions come from buildings and if the country is to reach its goal of reducing emissions by 80% by 2050, sustainable housing must be designed and constructed. The UK government has developed the Code for Sustainable Homes which aims for zero carbon emissions from new build properties and have tightened up building regulations in order to meet these targets.
Existing householders can also do their bit for the environment by developing a less wasteful attitude to energy consumption and looking for ways to adapt their current property in order to take advantage of new eco-technologies to conserve natural resources.
In today's modern society people need to start considering these environmental elements when it comes to purchasing a home. Whether you are purchasing a new-build home from a property developer or you are looking to buy a property from an Estate Agent, both of these businesses need to start giving serious consideration about how the properties have a sustained impact on the environment. Many new-build property developers now have to follow the Code for Sustainable homes which is a government backed mandate. This code system assigns a 1 to 6 star rating against the property that measures the overall sustainability in addition to setting a minimum standard for the use of energy and water. This scheme will help the environmental impact of building new homes, but what about older properties?
Most estate agents typically sell houses that are not brand new so being environmentally conscious may seem like a difficult task, but it doesn't need to be that way. More agents today are taking this important factor into account and are providing advice to both vendors and buyers in regards to the properties they are dealing with. When older properties come onto the market, estate agents are now recommending the use of cavity wall injection as this will reduce the cost to heat the property and also lower the carbon footprint that it produces. In addition, where planning regulations allow, they are helping home buyers with applying for grants for solar panel installations.
With more and more people becoming environmentally aware of the resources drain on our environment it is vital that whether buying a new home, or purchasing an older property, that steps are being taken to help the preserve our precious natural resources.