The market is shifting as more homebuyers are more educated and grow thorough awareness of the environment they live in. This is especially true for the next generation of homebuyers. Millennials care about causes. From being vegan to emphasis on minimalist and energy efficient houses, they certainly have refined their tastes.
It’s been proven that green houses is no longer a trend. Despite the report that millennial took longer to own houses compared to their previous generations. Millennials will soon dominate the home buyer market, as they’re slowly, but gradually taking over.
Say no to greenwashing
Ignorance is not an excuse that you’re simply not educated on what constitutes a green house. The usage of Energy-star appliances does not mean a property is “green”. Don’t do false advertising. Homebuyers are now looking far past the label of “green”. They’re looking for certifications, proper home orientation, home design, materials, thermal mass, and so forth. Solar houses is one of the best, if not the best, environmentally friendly and energy-saving houses out there. There’s a reason why the most environmentally friendly and the most energy-effective houses are called solar houses. Focus on that.
The outdoor is just as important
Don’t neglect the outdoor environment. Plants play an essential role in keeping a house’s temperature well-regulated. Rows of trees or well-placed evergreen shrubs do an excellent job in blocking the harsh winds during the winter. They can also help block the sun during the warmer months. Plants provide a certain comfort that no constructions could provide. On top of that, your property will be literally “green” and just a glimpse of the curb appeal would make a very convincing first impression. Plants would improve your home value greatly.
Use thermal mass strategically. They help prevent a sudden drop in temperature and vice versa. Likewise, this means that it will take longer to cool and to warm a house with a large thermal mass. Regardless, having thermal mass helps in protecting your house from the extremes.
Orient your windows
Temperature regulation is something that can be greatly contributed by the orientation as well as the construction of your windows. Your windows should ideally be able to absorb solar heat properly when facing 30 degrees of south. Make sure that an overhang is installed correctly for windows that face south to prevent overheating and harsh sun rays from hitting the indoors.
Double-pan your windows
Windows play a major part of your house’s temperature. Therefore it’s important to remember to construct them well, with an optimum amount in the designing and construction stage. It can be very costly to change the size as well as the amount of the windows in your house. One of the most effective ways to improve the energy efficiency of your house is by making sure that your windows are all double-paned. Double-paned windows provide much better insulation against the temperature. There exist a space for gas that provide insulation between the two sheets of glass. Doubling your window panes has been known to reduce energy costs of a building up to fifty percent.